Tens of thousands of people in northern Yemen have demonstrated against the US and the Israeli regime during the burial of the remains of the founder of the Houthi resistance group.
On Wednesday, Yemeni Muslims in the city of Sa’ada chanted, Death to America and Death to Israel, while burying the remains of Hussein Badr al - Din al - Houthi. The remains of the Houthi leader were originally buried at the central prison in the capital, Sana’a, under the regime of ousted dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh. The Yemeni government that came to power following the popular uprising in the country handed over the remains of Badr al - Din al - Houthi to his family. Hussein al - Houthi was killed in fighting with Yemeni regime forces in the first Sa’ada war in 2004. Mohammed Abdel - Salam, a spokesman for the Houthis accused the Yemeni government, headed by UK - trained Field Marshal Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, of not giving visas to several dignitaries who wanted to attend the ceremony.
“This shows the authorities have not moved far from the position of the previous regime, ” the Houthi spokesman said.
Fadel al - Sayani, who is a rights activist and a revolutionary, said the Houthi leader would be remembered for his efforts to bring unity to the Islamic world and to restore honor and dignity to Muslims. The Houthis are an important tribe belonging to the Shia Zaidi sect, which resides in the northern province of Sa’ada and parts of the neighboring provinces of Omran, al - Jouf and Hajja. It accounts for about 25 percent of Yemen’s population of 25 million. The Houthis fought several battles with Yemeni regime forces between 2004 and 2010. They have repeatedly complained of social, religious, and economic discrimination in Yemen.