Women In Yemen Are Armed And Donating Jewelry To Fund Civil War

Women are playing a pivotal role in the war in Yemen, as battles between Houthis and the Sunni tribes escalate

May 03, 2015 at 1:13 PM ET

Yemeni women are playing an increasingly important role in the country’s violent civil war, taking up arms and donating gold jewelry to finance operations—funding the Iranian-backed Shiite rebels.

Vocativ previously reported that pictures of women from pro-government groups, carrying Kalashnikovs, made their rounds on social media as symbolic of the gains made against the Houthis. While it is unclear whether these women actually fight, based on Twitter posts, they assist the efforts in other ways: In addition to toting large weapons, they’ve been seen inspecting cars, feeding soldiers, and donating earrings and other jewelry to exchange for cash.

Yemen Post reported the Saudi-led coalition airdropped arms and weapons in the western city of Taiz on Wednesday, hoping to aid pro-government Yemeni fighters in winning control over the city against the Houthis.

More than 1,000 people have been killed in Yemen since the beginning of the Saudi intervention in late March.