Asharq al-Awsat reports that several Iranian military personnel, probably IRGC or IRGC-QF officers, who were detained in Yemen, were released on Wednesday after the Huthi rebels took control of the country’s national security headquarters where the detainees were being held. The Huthis are in control of most of the Yemeni capital Sanaa.
The Iranians were the crew of the Jihan 1, an Iranian ship that was captured off Yemeni coast in January 2013 for smuggling a large cache of weapons into Yemen. Yemeni security sources told Asharq al-Awsat that the Iranians were affiliated with the IRGC.
Meanwhile, Yemeni authorities released two other Iranians they arrested earlier this year at Sanaa International Airport on charges of training Huthi insurgents, AFP reported on Thursday. The release of those two Iranians was secured after meditation efforts from Oman. They left Sanaa airport on board an Omani plane. (AFP/Asharq al-Awsat, 25 September)
On political front, Yemeni President Hadi appointed two new presidential advisors from the Houthi Ansar Allah organization and the Southern Yemeni secessionist movement, Al-Hirak. The government also cut fuel prices by 15 percent, a major demand of the opposition. After the price hikes in July, a number of protest camps across the capital were set up, manned ny the opposition for over a month.
Photo credit: Houthi rebels man a checkpoint in Yemeni capital Sanaa; 24 September 2014. Note Huthi’s official logo on display at the checkpoint. The group's logo consists of five slogans: “God is Great” - "Death to America” - “Death to Israel" - “Damn the Jews" - “Victory to Islam.” (Photo: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters/Asharq al-Awsat)