I often feel that before even sitting down to write about Yemen one has to spend significant chunks of time separating fact from fiction in the swirl of rumors and speculation that often surrounds nearly every event in the country.

Today's muddled news about the Huthis and Saudi Arabia is no different with a host of stories, a Huthi denial as well as a threatening statement. Unfortunately, previous commitments mean that I have little time to do the sorting today.

Instead, Waq al-waq will try to bring you another up-date from Sada al-Malahim this time on the Shi'a and the three stages of confrontation.