Taiz swarmed by Islah gunmen blockading occupied city

Taiz swarmed by Islah gunmen blockading occupied city

Military personnel have on Thursday cut off the main streets in the city of Taiz, southwestern Yemen, local sources said.

According to the sources, the armed men created chaos by firing indiscriminately, in a move that signals that the city, which is under the control of the Islah factions in Yemen, is sliding into a new wave of violence.

Local sources said that soldiers dressed in civilian clothes set tires on fire in Jamal Street in the city center, causing traffic jams in the morning.

The motives for spreading the new chaos are not known, but its timing indicates that it is linked to the news that the coalition pressured Hadi to dismiss the commander of the 22nd Mika Brigade, Sadiq Sarhan.

The move came after Sadiq Sarhan appeared in a program regarding an investigation aired by the Qatari al-Jazeera news channel two days ago, highlighting UAE moves in the west coast of Yemen.

Sarhan is the right-hand man of strongman warlord Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar in Taiz, and is hiding behind a large gang system led by his son Bakr.

Sarhan was forced to leave the city two years ago but was able to return recently.