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Two Sides of the Same Coin: How the opening of roads in Marib and Taiz exposed the deceit and fraud of the Brotherhood and the Houthis

All local mediation efforts in Yemen aiming to reopen closed roads since the beginning of the war in 2015 have stalled, as the closure of roads in several Yemeni governorates severely harms citizens, and the only beneficiaries of this crisis are the Brotherhood and the Houthis, as they impose levies and taxes on the citizens.

The Houthis have fabricated excuses and set impossible conditions for mediators to approve the reopening of required roads, such as the Marib – Nihm – Sanaa road. Despite this, the government has shown flexibility in its attempts to open the main roads, but every time the agreement takes effect and the scheduled date for opening approaches, the Brotherhood and the Houthis obstruct it, according to the Egyptian website “Al-Bawaba.”

“Control and inspection sites” are among the most disputed points in the road opening agreement in Yemen. They relate to the main roads that have been closed or damaged due to the conflict that began in 2014, and it is necessary to determine who will control these sites and how to regulate traffic.

The “security arrangements” are also a contentious issue. The security measures taken to ensure road safety include vehicle inspections, verifying individuals’ identities, and ensuring no security risks, making it an important point of dispute.

For a long time, the Brotherhood militias claimed that their war and struggle were against the Houthi militias, but this was merely a cheap ploy expressed through various means in their methods of creating terrorism.

Recently, a campaign has been launched in Yemen to open roads between areas controlled by the Houthis and those under the internationally recognized government, but the selective nature of the campaign and the political maneuvers accompanying it quickly revealed the insincerity of the parties involved, each seeking to embarrass the other and blame them for the humanitarian conditions and economic losses resulting from the road closures and communication cuts between areas.

The debate initially began between the authorities of Marib province, led by the Yemeni Islah Party, representing the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen, and the Houthis, regarding the opening of the Marib – Sanaa road via Nihm.

The Houthis quickly opened the Sanaa – Dhale road, leading to areas in southern Yemen within the influence of the Southern Transitional Council, raising suspicions about their intentions to re-penetrate these areas from which they had been expelled after taking control of the capital, Sanaa, and several other Yemeni regions.

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