“The recent meeting between Mohammad bin Salman with a number of Yemeni tribal leaders and fugitive Yemeni president Mansour Hadi indicates the volume of pressures and impasse that Saudi Arabia is feeling,” Rashid al-Haddad wrote in al-Akhbar newspaper on Wednesday.
Noting that Riyadh seeks to use the Yemeni tribes as a leverage against the Yemeni ruling system, he said but political analysts believe that these attempts are all in vain.
Haddad underlined that lack of influential tribal leaders, Saudi Arabia’s failure in sowing discord among the Yemeni tribes and its lack of knowledge and information about these tribes all make the Saudi officials’ plots to charm the Yemeni tribes into cooperation fail.
Riyadh’s attempts are made as the Yemeni tribes vowed to give crushing response to the Saudi regime by setting up military units in the Northern part of Sana’a province against the Riyadh-back troops.
The military brigades were launched by several tribes of Arhab region in Northern Sana’a after the Saudi warplanes pounded a mourning ceremony in the region in February.
The Saudi fighter jets bombarded a mourning ceremony in the village of Shara’a in Arhab region North of Sana’a province in mid February. At least 8 Yemeni women and children were killed and 10 others were wounded in the Saudi airstrikes.
The Yemeni tribes warned that they will give a crushing response to the Saudi airstrikes, specially at a time when Riyadh has prevented peace talks from achieving any result.
A number of Yemeni tribal leaders and Commander of the Yemeni Army’s Fourth Brigade Abu Ali were present in the ceremony held to mark the start of operation by the new military units of the Yemeni tribes.