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While fighting between the Houthis and the Saudi-led coalition has stopped along the western coast of Yemen around the port of Hodeida since the Stockholm Agreement was signed on Dec. 13, 2018, several other secondary conflicts have flared up, revealing how complicated the internal conflict in Yemen is even aside from its regional dimension. The most prominent battles have been between the Houthis and the tribes of Hajour in the governorate of Hajjah, where fighting broke out in January and continued for two months until the Houthis took control of the region on March 8 . The battle of Hajour took place near the Houthi stronghold of Saada, and despite Houthi's superior military might, the Hajour tribes were able to hold their own for two months nonetheless, spurred on by various political, sectarian and foreign incentives. Sectarian divisions have also partly fueled the conflict. The most prominent leader in the fight against the Houthis was Salafi leader Ahmed "Abu Muslim" al-Zaakri, who was killed by Houthi forces on March 10, 2019 . The battle of Hajour illustrates this point clearly, where the Houthis took advantage of divisions within their enemies' ranks to vanquish the tribes, Salafi fighters, and militias loyal to the GPC and Islah despite aid the Saudi-led coalition provided these forces.
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