Yemen court sentences 10 Zaidi Muslims to 'death'

A Yemeni court sentenced to death on Tuesday 10 members of a Zaidi movement in the north.

Yemen court sentences 10 Zaidi Muslims to 'death'

A Yemeni court sentenced to death on Tuesday 10 members of a Zaidi movement in the north.

The court jailed six others for 15 years in one of a series of trials of members of the fighting in northern provinces by Zaidi Muslims known as Houthis after their religious and clan leaders.

The trials are of men captured during a month-long fight at Bani Husheish only 30 km (19 miles) north of the capital Sanaa last year. Two others were sentenced to death last week.

Upon sentencing the men shouted the Houthi slogan "God is great, death to America, death to Israel, victory to Islam".

They were found guilty of belonging to a "terrorist organisation".

The conflict intensified in August when the army unleashed Operation Scorched Earth.

Aid groups, who have been given limited access to the northern provinces, say up to 150,000 people have fled their homes since 2004.

The Shi'ite fighters accused Saudi forces on Monday of firing into a northern border town in support of the Yemeni army's operations. The government denied the report.

Both the government and Houthis reported heavy fighting on Monday and Tuesday at Razeh near the Saudi border.


Reuters

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