Akram a-Sayed, a military expert with the 3800 unit of Lebanese Hezbollah, was killed a few days ago while fighting with the Houthis on the frontline of Am Reish in Marib province, Yemen. According to some accounts, he was killed by artillery fire from the Yemeni army, and according to other accounts, he was killed by a Saudi airstrike.
The mission of Hezbollah’s Unit 3800 is to advise, train and assist Shiite proxy activists with an emphasis on Yemen (Houthis) and Iraq (Shia militias). Unit 3800 operates in coordination with the Iranian Quds Force.
Akram a-Sayed, 35, arrived in Yemen in August 2017 as part of Unit 3800’s Lebanese Hezbollah force. As far as we know, a-Sayed gained his military expertise in Iran, among other places, with a focus on missile fire and the operation of UAVs.
On December 3rd, A-Sayed arrived on the battlefield south of Marib to support the Houthi forces. Our assessment is that during the fighting, A-Sayed militarily inaugurated Abu Ashraf al-Assadi as the commander of Houthi fighters in this sector. A-Sayed and al-Assadi were killed along with eight other Houthi members. A-Sayed’s body was taken for burial in the Sa’dah area, where Iranian and Hezbollah military experts who were killed aiding the Houthis are secretly buried.
The publicity over the death of Akram a-Sayed sheds further light on the deep involvement of Iran and Lebanese Hezbollah in the fighting in Yemen and the extensive support given to the Houthis by the Iran-led radical Shiite axis. This support is reflected in weapons, intelligence, training, and close military advising during the fighting.