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Source: Yemen Times

Tribesmen in Al-Jawf governorate attacked Houthi posts in Al-Ghail district on Sunday night and Monday morning, leaving two tribesmen killed and six others injured, according to Saleh Al-Rawsa, the leader of the popular committees in Al-Jawf.

Al-Rawsa told the Yemen Times that the popular committees took over Houthi posts and killed several Houthis, adding that the number of Houthi casualties is unknown as Houthi members took the bodies.

Mohammed Al-Bukhaiti, a member of the Houthis’ Political Office, confirmed to the Yemen Times that tribesmen launched an attack on Monday morning in Al-Ghail but he says they failed to gain control over posts that were attacked.

According to Al-Bukhaiti no Houthi militants were killed in the attack.

The attack on Monday morning came amidst ongoing clashes that renewed on Friday, following the withdrawal of the presidential committee from Al-Ghail district, leaving two tribesmen killed and ten injured, according to Al-Rawsa.

Al-Bukhaiti said he has no information regarding Houthi casualties from the clashes on Friday.

“The Houthis are using the weaponry they looted from military camps in Amran, including tanks, military vehicles, and heavy weapons,” said Al-Rawsa.

These allegations are refuted by Al-Bukhaiti, who denied that tanks are being used by the Houthis.

“We use light weapons, but the tribesmen and Islah Party members use tanks and weapons from the 115th Infantry Brigade in Al-Jawf,” he claimed.

The clashes in Al-Ghail renewed after the presidential committee, tasked to broker a ceasefire in Al-Jawf, left the governorate on Friday.  

The agreement it had brokered on August 19 required all fighters in Al-Jawf who came from other governorates to return to the areas they came from and demanded for brigades and battalions to maintain security in Al-Jawf.

Mabkhout Mohammed, a journalist based in Al-Jawf, confirms that clashes renewed between the two warring parties on Friday and that the presidential committee left Al-Jawf without putting an end to the fighting.

Yahya Al-Thulaia, a senior freelance journalist who covered the fighting between the Houthis and opposing tribesmen in Amran governorate, emphasizes the uselessness of presidential committees sent to broker ceasefire agreements between the two warring parties.

“These committees are only established to calm the situation, not to reach a final resolution. The conflicting parties use these committees to reorganize themselves in order to then start fighting again,” he asserts.

Clashes in Al-Jawf have been ongoing since late June. Several families have left their homes due to the fighting.

Increasing number of internally displaced persons in Al-Jawf

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported on August 14 that 650 families (about 4,550 people) have been displaced because of the clashes in Al-Jawf.  

Mohammed estimates that the number of displaced families in Al-Jawf has reached 700.

Mohammed Nasser, the head of a displaced ten-member family in Al-Jawf, said that he left his house in Al-Ghail district in late June due to ongoing clashes and moved to Al-Rawd district.

“We moved from one area to another until we reached Al-Rawd district. I’m currently living with my family in an old house owned by a relative of mine,” he added.

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