Middle East

Yemen rebels execute nine over leader’s killing, vow to execute Trump

19:36, 18 September 2021
Yemen rebels execute nine over leader’s killing, vow to execute Trump Photo: Xinhua/Global Look Press

The Houthi movement announced that it executed nine people due to their alleged participation in the murder of Saleh al-Sammad who was the leader of the group at the time.

The Houthis have also found former US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman guilty as well and sentenced them to death.

Al-Sammad was the leader of the Houthi-controlled northern part of Yemen and he was killed in an airstrike that targeted the city of Hodeidah which was carried out by Saudi Arabia’s coalition. 

The 9 men who were among the 17 accused of Al-Sammad’s killing were executed at a square in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa.

The Houthis are leading a fight against the internationally recognized government which is based in the city of Aden.

The Aden-based government is supported by Saudi Arabia and other allies from the Gulf as well as western powers like the United States. 

The Houthis are considered by Saudi Arabia and other countries as affiliates of Iran who are increasing its influence in the region.

The stand-off has been going on since 2014 and the United Nations has said that the situation in Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Earlier, it was reported The United States has been gradually decreasing its presence from the Arabian peninsula by pulling its defense systems and Patriot batteries out of Saudi Arabia.