Local sources in Yemen’s West Coast report that sharp differences of opinion have erupted between the local military formations of the Islah party, known as the Tihama Resistance, on the one hand, and the UAE-backed warlord Tariq Afash on the other.
The sources told the Yemen Press Agency that Tariq Afash had ordered week ago to seize all military vehicles and heavy weapons from the militants of the so-called Tihama Resistance, a unit belonging to the Islah Party (the Yemeni branch of the Muslim Brotherhood). This order reportedly has led to severe protest and unrest amongst the Islah militias in the area.
Following this, the head of the so-called Department of Moral Guidance of the Tihama Resistance, Wajayd al-Haqei, has accused the UAE of trying to “punish” the militia because it did not want to submit to Tariq Afash.
“Despite the pressures and threats of the UAE, the resistance led by Abdul Rahman Hajari remains steadfast in its categorical refusal to fight under the leadership of Tariq Afash,” al-Haqei said in a press statement. “The sons of Tihama will not hand over their areas to Tariq Afash.”
Al-Haqei said that the UAE was putting pressure on the Tihama Resistance, including the suspension of the salaries of more than 3,000 of its forces.
The Islah Party established the so-called Tihama Resistance in April 2017, to serve as part of the coalition forces on the West Coast, specifically the battles near Hodeidah. Hassan Duble, the original leader of the Tihama Resistance, was assassinated in May last year, with Tariq Afash being seen by many as the one who ordered the killing