According to Pomegranate, Iran really is intervening
Iran’s interest in Yemen is comparatively recent. But Western diplomats
who used to cast doubt on the claims of Yemen’s former president, Ali
Abdullah Saleh, that Iran backed the Houthis, a rebel group in the
country’s far north, are no longer so sceptical. Iran, they now
generally reckon, backs not only the Houthis in the north but also
secessionists in the south.
The details, to do with a series of alleged intercepted Iranian arms
shipments to Yemen, remain murky. But it is clear that Iran is providing
media and financial support to some Yemeni factions. Politicians and
activists alike admit that they have been solicited by Iranian
representatives with offers of cash and free trips. Both the Houthis and
the more hardline southern rebels run television stations in the south
of Beirut, Lebanon’s capital, where Hizbullah, an Iran-backed
party-cum-militia, holds sway.
The headline for the article is "The Spreading Sectarian Rift," but that seems misleading, almost as if it were decided on before the situation were understood. If it were just Iranian support for the Houthis, who are Shi'ites of the Zaydi subsect, maybe, but if Iran is almost support the entirely Shi'ite southern secessionists, they are just trying to win influence for themselves at the expense of the Arab Gulf states.
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