Fares Mohammed Manaa
: فارس محمد مناع
; born February 8, 1965)
is a top Yemeni
rebel commander and politician.
He is said to be Yemen's most famous arms-dealer.
Manaa was born on February 8, 1965 in the northern city of Sa'dah
He was an ally of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh
and member of his ruling GPC
and served as head of his presidential committee and as head of a local council tasked with mediating a peace-deal between the Yemeni government and Houthis
during the Shia insurgency in Yemen
. His brother was the governor of Saada Governorate
at the time.
In late January 2010, Manaa was arrested by Yemeni authorities
leading to protests in Sa'dah by tribal chiefs and the resignation of his brother, Hassan Manaa, as governor.
In May, a mini-bus driver was killed and a policeman and a civilian woman were injured
as a group of Manaa's men attacked the car in which he was being transported to a penal court. This resulted in his trial being delayed by 25 days.
He was eventually released on June 4,
after which his relations with President Saleh soured.
On March 19, Houthis attacked the city of Sa'dah
starting a battle with pro-government al-Abdin tribesmen,
led by Yemeni lawmaker Sheikh Othman Majali.
During the battle, rebels joined forces with Fares Manaa
and after their victory,
set up a local committee, composed of rebels, residents and defected military commanders,
which appointed him as the new governor of Sa'dah on 26 March, after the pro-Saleh governor Taha Hajer fled to the capital Sana'a
He led the Houthis independent administration in Sa'dah governorate
until December 2014.
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- ^ a b c d e United Nations Security CouncilSECURITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE ON SOMALIA AND ERITREA ISSUES LIST OF INDIVIDUALS: IDENTIFIED PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH 8 OF RESOLUTION 1844 (2008), 12 April 2010
- ^ a b Sa'ada tribal leaders protest "weapons dealer" imprisonment Archived 2011-08-02 at the Wayback Machine, February 20, 2010
- ^ a b c d e f Houthis Control Sa’ada, Help Appoint Governor, 29 March 2011
- ^ Al-Ahram Saleh stalls as Yemen unravelsArchived 2012-02-23 at the Wayback Machine, March 30, 2011
- ^ Sana’a Cards to Pressurize Houthis to Enter New Dialogue Rounds, 10 April 2010
- ^ United States Department of State Foreign Terrorist Organizations, September 15, 2011
- ^ allafrica Who's Backing Al Shabaab? - Al Qaeda, Eritrea?, October 31, 2011
- ^ "Yemeni arms dealer's assets frozen". 13 April 2010.
- ^ a b c d e Yemeni weapons dealer released[permanent dead link], 21-06-2010
- ^ Mana'a and al-Ahmar received money from Gaddafi to shake security of KSA, Yemen
- ^ a b c d e Google News Driver killed in Sanaa hit on police convoy, May 11, 2010
- ^ Sa'ada tribal leaders protest "weapons dealer" imprisonment Archived 2011-08-02 at the Wayback Machine, 20 February 2010
- ^ Sa'ada: A Cry for Help
- ^ a b c d Houthi Group Appoints Arms Dealer as Governor of Sa'ada province
- ^ Washington Post Yemen crisis intensifies with factory explosion, March 29, 2011
- ^ United Nations Security Council Final report of the Panel of Experts on Yemen established pursuant to Security Council resolution 2140 (2014) paragraph 75
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