A prominent leader in the Ansarullah movement has revealed an Emirati plan to liquidate the leaders of the Al-Islah party (the Yemeni branch of Muslim Brotherhood) particularly in the provinces of Taiz, Ma’rib and Shabwah. The plan relied on UAE funding for its implementation, and was placed under the leadership of Tariq Afash, nephew of former Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Hussein al-Izzi, head of the Foreign Relations Department of the Ansarullah Political Bureau, said that “Tariq Afash requested funding for two plans, one to eliminate the Islah Party in Taiz, and the other to liquidate and assassinate the leaders of the Islah in Ma’rib and Shabwah.”
Al-Izzi, who is also Deputy foreign minister in the National Salvation Government, confirmed in a tweet at midnight on Saturday that the UAE had agreed to finance the plans, with modifications, including the expansion of their geographical scope and the theatre of their operations.
طارق طلب تمويل خطتين إحداها للقضاء ع الإصلاح في تعز كما يتوهم والأخرى لتصفية واغتيال قيادات الاصلاح في مارب وشبوة
الامارات اعتمدت الاولى ووسعت الثانيةبشراكة الانتقالي لتشمل بقيةالمناطق المحتلة
ترددت في نشر هذه المعلومة ولكن اعتقد آن الأوان لأن نسهم في حقن الدم حتى
— حسين العزي (@hussinalezzi5) December 14, 2019
“The UAE has adopted Tariq Afash’s plan to eliminate Islah in Taiz, and has expanded the plan to liquidate and assassinate the party’s leaders in Ma’rib and Shabwah in a partnership with the UAE-backed Southern Transitional council, to include the rest of the occupied areas [as well],” he said.
“I hesitated to publish the information about the plan of the UAE, Tariq Afash and the STC to eliminate the Islah party, but I think it’s time to contribute to the save them, even if they are of the Muslim Brotherhood,” he said.
The UAE does not hide its hostility to the Yemeni Islah Party, and Western media have already published investigations into Abu Dhabi’s financing of the assassination of more than 50 imams and Islah leaders in the southern provinces over the past years.