A high-ranking Houthi official has defected to the Yemeni army after fleeing to Aden from the rebel-held capital, according to local media.
Major General Gameel Al Mamari, who was a member of the army units that aligned with the Iran-backed rebels in 2014, had been a spokesman for the Houthis' air defence forces, as well as deputy director of the so-called "military forum" — a group of high-ranking army officers in Sanaa. But, he told the Khabar news agency, he decided to defect to the internationally recognised government in Aden after the Houthis killed tens of his fellow renegade army officers following the death of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh in December last year.Sponsored Links
"I decided to gamble to join the legitimate Yemeni army to fight with it against the gang that sent Yemen to hell and destroyed everything," Maj Gen Al Mamari was quoting as saying by Khabar, which is affiliated with Saleh's General People's Congress party.
Maj Gen Al Mamari and the renegade officers had been loyal to Saleh, following him when he formed an alliance with the Houthis against the government of president Abdrabu Mansur Hadi. This alliance broke down at the end of last year, however, with rebel fighters killing the former president after he switched sides.
Maj Gen Al Mamari, who arrived in Aden on Monday, said the Houthis also destroyed the capabilities of the army units that had been fighting with it in the wake of Saleh's death, replacing officers in high-ranking roles with rebels.
الخبر : أسرار الأسبوع: A spokesman for the Air Force leaves the Houthis and manages to reach Aden .. تخلي جريدة اسرار الاسبوع مسئوليتها الكاملة عن محتوي هذا الخبر وانما تقع المسئولية علي الناشر الاصلي للخبر و المصدر هو موقع : اليمن العربي