Fierce clashes have erupted between groups of Saudi army mercenaries and coalition-backed militants on Saturday in the axis of the Kitaf, leaving scores dead and wounded. The conflict was reportedly caused by delayed salaries and the expulsion of wounded militants from Saudi hospitals.
“A major rebellion took place within the ranks of the Saudi Army’s mercenaries in the so-called Fatah Brigade and coalition militants in the Kitaf axis, which is led by Radad al-Hashemi, because their salaries had not been paid since four months and because their wounded militants had been expelled from Saudi hospitals,” the Media Center for Northern Fronts quoted sources as saying.
The sources reported that Saudi Arabia expelled wounded mercenaries before they complete their treatment, and entrusted them to Rasdad al-Hashemi, who in turn returned them back to their homes and left them homeless, without medical treatment and unpaid, with a high chance of dying.
A number of Saudi-paid mercenaries complained earlier through social media about the “neglect and mistreatment” they face, and the expulsion of hundreds of them by their Saudi masters.
According to sources, “the members [of the mercenary forces] have staged violent protests, burning grocery stores, restaurants, exchange shops, a number of tents and wooden houses that belonged to the Saudi army and its mercenaries.”
“A military police force intervened to prevent protests, but clashes have reportedly broken out between the two sides, leaving almost 20 dead and many others wounded, most of them mercenary protesters hit by military police,” the sources added.
“The clashes have lasted for the past two days, in a rebellion against the leadership of the Saudi-led coalition forces, caused by the difficult conditions of the recruits and the insults they receive,” the sources said.
Radad al-Hashemi, who is leading the mercenary units, is one of the leaders of al-Qaeda in Yemen. Al-Hashemi attended terrorist training in the infamous Saudi-funded camp of Dammaj, and is a noted adherend to Wahhabi ideology. He