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Al Houthi rebels chant slogans during rally in Sanaa, Yemen, on August 22, 2020. Image Credit: AP

Abu Dhabi: Qatar’s support to Iran-backed Al Houthi rebels is continuing through the Qatar Charitable Society and the Turkish Red Crescent, against the Saudi-led Arab Coalition’s efforts to restore legitimacy in Yemen, a Qatari document revealed.

“The $2 million (7.5 million Qatari riyals) monthly support for a former top rebel leader in Taiz Hamoud Saeed Al Mikhlafi, was ordered by the Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs to the ambassador of Qatar in Oman to thwart the Arab alliance, as part of the charitable expenditures of Qatar Charity Association,” a source told Al Watan newspaper.

A letter by the Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs to the Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Sultanate of Oman, Jassim bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, stipulated the following:

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“With reference to the letter 856 regarding the Emir of the State’s directive regarding support for the struggle operations of the resistance brothers in the Republic of Yemen, it was decided to provide financial support to continue the resistance and to support their tasks, provided that it was presented to Sheikh Hamoud Saeed Al Mikhlafi in the amount of $2 million in cash per month from the monthly expenses of the embassy and within the charitable expenditures of the Qatar Charity Association, in order to increase the efforts and cover the expenses of the resistance in the field, and in accordance with the directive the amount mentioned above will be disbursed unilaterally, hand in hand inside the embassy,” the letter read.

The source said that Al Mikhlafi made large payments to some leaders of his militia using the Qatari money. Others have been promised similar amounts, but are often given much smaller sums.

The source indicated that Al Mikhlafi has left Yemen for Qatar and Turkey repeatedly since 2017, and he has eventually settled in Qatar with a number of his family members, where he bought a huge house, and a number of shops, apartments and restaurants from the Qatari money, and he also owned an apartment in Doha.