Yahia Badreddin al-Houthi

Yahia Badreddin al-Houthi (Arabic: يحيى بدر الدين الحوثي‎; born 1961) is the political leader of the Zaidi rebels, known as the Houthis, who are fighting against the government of Yemen. He is a brother of current Houthi leader Abdul-Malik, late Houthi leader Hussein, Muhammad, Ibrahim,[2] Abdulkhalik,[3] and Abdul-Karim.

Yahia Badreddin al-Houthi
Minister of Education
Disputed
Assumed office
28 November 2016
PresidentSaleh Ali al-Sammad
Prime MinisterAbdel-Aziz bin Habtour
Personal details
Born1961 (age 58–59)
Ar Ruways, Saada Governorate[1]
RelationsAbdul-Malik al-Houthi
Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi (brothers) Badreddin al-Houthi (father)
Military service
AllegianceHouthis
Battles/warsHouthi insurgency in Yemen

al-Houthi cosigned a letter to the Yemeni government with Abdullah al-Ruzami, the rebels' military leader, in May 2005 offering an end to the uprising if the government would send emissaries or ended the military campaign against the rebels. "But if injustice continues with killing, destroying, and imprisonment... then the trouble will not be solved, but will become more complicated and the gap will become even wider."[4] He was a Yemeni lawmaker but was forced to go into hiding after the Yemeni government lifted his parliamentary immunity to try him for his involvement in the Houthi rebellion, he was then tried in absentia[5] On 5 February 2010, he was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment. However, he did not go to jail as the Yemeni government had not captured him.[6]

When the Supreme Council for the Management and Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (SCMCHA) proposed a 2 percent tax on humanitarian aid, al-Houthi spoke out against SCMHCA chairman Ahmed Hamid, calling him and the organization "illegitimate" and criticizing how they handle international aid.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Profile of Yahia Al-Houthi". Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Clashes in southern Yemen; rebels leader's brother killed". Globe and Mail. Associated Press. 9 August 2019. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Brother of Houthis' top leader believed dead after air strike". The National (Abu Dhabi). 1 September 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  4. ^ Rebellion continues Archived 19 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine Al-Ahram Weekly
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 May 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Row over humanitarian aid cracks open divisions in Yemen's Houthis". Middle East Eye. Retrieved 25 February 2020.