Yemenis are divided over supporting Yemenis VS. Saudi Arabia. Thousands of tweets were posted on Tuesday to commemorate Saudi Arabia’s stunning 2-1 World Cup victory over Argentina. Some of those comments came from unexpected places.
“One thousand congrats on the Saudi national team’s triumph over their Argentine opponents. A member of the political bureau of Yemen’s rebel Houthi movement, Dhaifallah al-Shami. It was tweeted that this victory “placed Arab football back on the map.”
Houthi Rebels In Yemen
The Houthi rebels in Yemen have taken back their congrats for Saudi Arabia’s historic World Cup victory over Argentina. On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia opened up the World Cup by defeating Argentina 2-1.
“Thank you a million times for the Saudi national team’s triumph over Argentina. This triumph brought attention to Arab football once more.” A Houthi political bureau member named Daifallah al-Shami tweeted. However, he quickly deleted his tweet.
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Yemenis are divided over support. Abdul-Qader al-Mortada, the leader of the Houthi committee for detainees’ affairs, also erased another message of congratulations. The Houthi rebels gave no justification for why the congratulations messages were taken down.
Since Riyadh and its Sunni allies began a military operation against the Houthis in 2015 to restore the internationally recognized government in Yemen, which had been toppled by the Iran-aligned rebels a year earlier, the Houthi rebels and Saudi Arabia have been at war.
Why Was It Unexpected?
Since 2015, the Houthis have been aggressively waging war against Saudi Arabia, which has been supporting the Houthis’ adversary, the Yemeni government, by carrying out tens of thousands of airstrikes.
Yemenis divided over support for Saudi Arabia after World Cup win. The Houthis even refer to Saudi Arabia as the “Devil’s Horn.” Al-decision Shami to remove his tweet shortly after was therefore not unexpected.
The National Committee on Prisoner Affairs chairman for the Houthis, Abdulqader al-Mortada, was another who deleted his tweet in praise of Saudi Arabia. In a later deleted post, he also tweeted a “thousand congratulations” to the Saudi team for their victory.
Al-Mortada later clarified that his tweet, which used the names of two well-known regions in Saudi Arabia rather than the nation’s name, was a message of brotherhood to the people of “Hejaz and Najd.”
“Our people still bear severe wounds from the House of Saud… I’m truly sorry,” al-Mortada said. Yemenis VS. Saudi Arabia.
The initial posts by Houthi members reveal some backing for the Saudi team during the World Cup Yemenis VS. Saudi Arabia. Which cut across Yemen’s political division.
So, to enjoy the festivities and the excitement in the streets, some Yemenis even took to the streets.
Video of Celebrations
Social media users shared videos of the celebrations, with one Yemeni user commenting that the Saudi victory “warmed our hearts and lifted the heads of Arabs.” It makes Yemenis happy everywhere as if it were the Yemeni national team.
Yemenis divided over support for Saudi Arabia after World Cup win. Despite spending roughly half their lives in a violent nation, the kid’s squad overcame great odds to triumph. For over seven years, Yemen has been engulfed in war.
In 2014, after the Houthis seized power in Sanaa. Yemenis VS. Saudi Arabia. The internationally recognized government was forced to flee to Aden. A coalition led by Saudi Arabia intervened in 2015.
Yemenis divided over support for Saudi Arabia after World Cup win. According to U.N. statistics, more than 10,000 Yemeni children have been killed or injured since 2015.
They are fighting in the gas-rich province of Marib, a crucial government stronghold in the north. Where the Houthis are now vying for control has dramatically increased over the past year. Major General Nasser al-Dhaibani was a senior military figure. It was reportedly killed in clashes in the province earlier on Monday.
“Marching into Hunger”
There are many displaced individuals, and the U.N. warned last year that 16 million people are “marching into hunger.” Moreover, people are already experiencing famine-like circumstances in certain areas of the nation.
The victory on Monday night provided a much-needed reprieve for civilians from the challenges of living in a conflict zone.
The game was watched by Aseel Abdullah Alabsi, a 23-year-old dental student in Taiz. An ancient Yemeni city that has long been marred by conflict. Following the victory, they hurried to Taiz’s main thoroughfare, Jamal Street, “and shared our joy with the people.”
Since the Houthi rebel organization, which has close ties to Iran, took control of much of Yemen’s northern region, including the nation’s capital Sanaa, in 2014, the country has been at odds.
Yemenis divided over support for Saudi Arabia after World Cup win. Yemenis VS. Saudi Arabia. A coalition of Arab nations led by Saudi Arabia engaged in the conflict in March 2015 to reinstate the government.
The conflict has wreaked havoc on the nation, produced one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes in history, and expanded over time into a proxy struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Fourteen thousand five hundred civilians were among the over 150,000 fatalities.
Additionally, some Yemenis find it impossible to ignore this. Houthi T.V. host Mohammad Abdelwasi al-Wajeeh claimed he was offended by Yemen’s support for Saudi Arabia.
Al-Wajeeh stated, “Whoever claimed football is a soft war Method by which Westerners are giving billions of people what they want…is true. Yemenis divided over support for Saudi Arabia after World Cup win.
“They may all go to hell,” one person said in response to the majority’s congratulations on the Saudi team because they are Arabs.
Another ally of the Houthis tweeted that he “did not and will not celebrate the Saudi national team’s success over Argentina,” before referring to the team’s backing of the military in the kingdom.