From Middle East Eye:

A veteran who has fought in three other conflicts over the past 30 years is once again a soldier, now in his 50s. He says he has no other choice and depends on the salary to support his family. Compared to the previous wars he fought in, this one he says is the worst and affect the most people.

Though this veteran’s role, and the role of other older fighters, is different than the younger ones. They’re considered elders who share wisdom and advise the younger ones.

Other motivations inspire the old to take up arms. Adburrab Aqlan, a Salafi fighter in his 60s, considers resistance to the Houthis to be a religious task.

“The Houthis do not understand peace, so we should fight them and clear Yemen of their thoughts.”