Muslim Brotherhood In Yemen Agrees To End Fighting With Houthis


Media in Yemen is reporting that the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen has signed an agreement with Shiite Houthi militants to end the conflict between them. According to a Yemen Times report:

Al-Islah Yemen
Al-Islah Yemen

Nov. 30—Representatives of the Islah Party met with Houthi leader Abdulmalik Al-Houthi in Sa’ada city on Thursday, according to a news update released on Friday by Al-Sahwa Net, a news website affiliated with the Islah Party.

The names of the Islah Party delegates who attended the meeting were not mentioned.

According to the news release, the two sides agreed to put an end to all forms of fighting and tension between them. The news release read: ‘The Islah Party delegation met Abdulmalik Al-Houthi on Thursday. The two sides agreed to put their differences aside and turn over a new leaf, rooted in trust and cooperation, and the implementation of the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference (NDC), and the Peace and National Partnership Agreement.’

The agreement followed several months of tension and clashes between Houthis and Islah Party members. Since the Houthi takeover of Sana’a on Sept. 21, Houthis have stormed, taken over, and seized a number of Islah Party headquarters and buildings belonging to its members.

Among the buildings seized were the homes of prominent Islah Party members Hamid Al-Ahmar and Ali Mohsen. Hamid Al-Ahmar is a prominent business mogul, while Ali Mohsen is the former commander of the First Armored Division, which led a series of wars against the Houthis between 2004 and 2010. “

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The GMBDW reported in September on the takeover of the Yemeni capital Sana by Houthi militants. We reported last month on an article titled “in Yemen’s Turmoil, Is The Muslim Brotherhood The Main Loser?” that looked at the losses suffered by the Muslim Brotherhood as a result of the current Houthi offensive. In February 2013, the GMBDW reported on Hamid al-Ahmar, identified above as a leader in the Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood.

The Al-Islah Party in Yemen is identified by an Israeli research center  as the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen. One of the other important leaders of Al-Islah is Abdul Majeed al-Zindani. In addition to his leadership of the Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood, Zindani also has strong links to the global Muslim Brotherhood including serving on the board of global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi’s Union of Good Hamas fund-raising organization and his relationship to Muslim Brotherhood figure Zaghloul el-Naggar of Egypt. The connection with el-Naggar is based on both men’s position as leading exponents of the so-called “scientific basis of Islam.” The U.S. Treasury Department designated Zindani as a terrorist in 2004, describing him as a “loyalist” and “spiritual advisor” to Osama Bin Laden. Also, the Jerusalem Post reported in April 2006 that Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal had met with Zindani at a fundraising event at the Hamas office in Yemen. The report stated that at the event, Zindani “praised Hamas suicide bombers and and called on his followers to donate money to assist the Palestinian people.”

For a report on the Houthis, go here.

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