By Fatik Al-Rodaini
Sana'a, March 2, 2012 -
Sa'ada province, in Yemen's northern province witnessed on Friday a bomb blast hit an anti-U.S. protest, wounding at least 22 people.
No one claims its responsibility for the attack, but Houthi group accused in a statement the United States of standing behind the attack, without elaborating further details.
However, Houthis who control much of the north of the country, on Yemen's northwestern border with Saudi Arabia, have their real enemies and they are prime targets for AQAP and Sunni groups, who have a difference ideological, intellectual and doctrinal with Houthis.
Houthis always accuse the U.S intelligence agencies of carrying out attack against Shi'ite group. According to analysts the attack was intended to provoke sectarian divisions between Yemenis, and bore the hallmarks of the resurgent Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), because the AQAP carried out three similar attacks against the Houthi Group in Saada and Jawf provinces last the two years.
The Shiite rebels led by Saada-based Abdulmalik al-Houthi opposed the political-settlement deal that swore in the country's consensus President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and ended almost a year of protests against former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
In recent months, the region has seen bouts of fighting between the Houthis and Sunni Muslims espousing puritanical Salafi doctrines influential in Saudi Arabia. The Houthis have accused Riyadh of arming their foes.
The Houthi-led rebels have been engaging in severe sectarian conflicts for several months with Sunni fundamentalists in Saada and neighboring provinces of Hajja and Jawf that left hundreds of people killed and forced thousands of residents to flee their villages.
Yemen has witnessed sporadic battles since 2004 between government troops and rebels. The government has been accusing the rebels of seeking to re-establish the clerical rule overthrown by the Yemeni revolution in 1962 that created the Yemeni republic.