Who are the Houthis? The rebel group that hijacked a ship in Yemen – El Sol de México

The Houthis They are a rebel group which was born in the 90s derived from opposition to religious influence in Saudi Arabia. The Royal Institute of International Affairs in London estimates that This movement is made up of around 180 thousand armed men.

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The group was founded under the leadership of Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, but following his assassination in 2004 by the Yemeni army, The rebel group has been led by his brother Abdul-Malik al-Houthi.

In the year 2000, the Houthis transformed into a militia and fought between 2004 and 2010 against the former president of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh in alliance with other opposition groups and carrying out various protests, until he was finally overthrown in the Arab Spring 2011.

In 2015, the Houthis took control of Sana’a, the capital of Yemen.after allying themselves with the president, whom they subsequently assassinated in 2017. Despite having extensive control over the country, the Houthis assure that they have no political or governmental intentions in Yemen.

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In the same way, The Houthis are part of the “axis of resistance” against Israelwhich also includes groups supported by Iran such as Hamas or the Lebanese movement Hezbollah.

Its motto is “God is great, death to America, death to Israel, curse on the Jews and victory of Islam.”

Houthi rebels threatened to target Israeli ships in the Red Sea on Tuesday after claiming responsibility for several attacks in Israel, in war against him Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

With information from AFP

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