Yemeni Republican Guards attempt coup in Sanaa: report

Brigade 102 of the Republican Guards planned to quit the Iranian-backed insurgents and rejoin the legitimate regime of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. (Supplied)

Yemeni Republican guards planned a coup against the Houthis and their allies in the capital Sanaa but the bid did not materialise, a Saudi daily reported on Sunday.

‘Al Watan’, quoting a senior military source in Sanaa, said Brigade 102 of the Republican Guards planned to quit the Iranian-backed insurgents and rejoin the legitimate regime of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

“Brigade 102 planned to separate from the rebels after the situation in the country reached a deadlock, but the Houthis and their allies apparently knew that plan and took a pre-emptive move to prevent it by transferring the brigade to an unknown location.”

The paper quoted the source as saying Brigade 102 and the Houthis do not trust each other and that this is one of main factors for the continuous defeats of the rebels.

“Many Republican Guard units have refused Houthi orders to go to the war front and that they would only obey orders from their command,” the source said.

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