Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi

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Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi
حسين بدر الدين الحوثي
Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi yemen afp220.jpg
Born 1956
Yemen
Died 10 September 2004 (aged 47–48)
Marran district, Saada Governorate, Yemen
Allegiance Houthis
Battles/wars Shia insurgency in Yemen

Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi (Arabic: حسين بدر الدين الحوثي; also spelled Hussein Badr Eddin al-Houthi) (1956 – 10 September 2004) was a Zaidi religious leader and former member of the Yemeni parliament for the Al-Haqq Islamic party between 1993 and 1997. He was an instrumental figure in the Shia insurgency against the Yemeni government, which began in 2004. al-Houthi, who was a one-time rising political aspirant in Yemen, had wide religious and tribal backing in northern Yemen's mountainous regions. al-Houthi was accused by the Ali Abdullah Saleh government of trying to set himself up as imam, of setting up unlicensed religious centers, of creating an armed group called Houthis and of staging violent anti-American and anti-Israeli protests, as al-Houthi's followers felt Yemen's government was too closely allied with the United States.[1][2]

According to an al-Houthi disciple, he had lived part of his life with his family in Qom, Iran. He claimed also that al-Houthi's relationship with Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran, was similar to Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah.[3]

On 18 June 2004, Yemeni police arrested 640 followers of Hussein who were demonstrating in front of the Great Mosque of Sana'a, and two days later the Yemeni government offered a bounty of $55,000.00 for al-Houthi's capture and launched an operation aimed at ending his alleged rebellion.[4] In July, Yemen Army forces had killed 25 al-Houthi supporters and upgraded the bounty for the Shi'ite cleric to $75,500.00 (10 million rials).[5] After months of battles between Yemeni security forces and the Houthis, on 10 September, the Yemeni Interior and Defense Ministries released a statement in which they declared that al-Houthi had been killed with twenty of his aides in the Marran district, Saada Governorate.[2][6]

On 5 June 2013, tens of thousands of Yemeni Shias attended the reburial of the remains of al-Houthi in Sa'dah, where armed rebels were deployed in large numbers. The new Yemeni government had turned over the remains of al-Houthi to his family on 28 December 2012[7] as a goodwill gesture to bolster national reconciliation talks. The previous government of Ali Abdullah Saleh, who had stepped down in 2012 after the Yemeni Revolution, originally buried al-Houthi in 2004 at the Sana'a central prison to prevent his grave becoming a shrine for the Zaidis. A representative of Yemeni president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi attended the funeral, but a Houthi spokesman accused the central government of refusing to give visas to several dignitaries who wanted to travel to Yemen to attend the ceremony, and of tearing down pictures of al-Houthi put up in the Yemeni capital.[8]

The Houthis take their name from the family name al-Houthi. His brothers Abdul-Malik, Yahia and Abdul-Karim are leaders of the rebels.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yemen continues anti-cleric drive". BBC News. 9 August 2004. Retrieved 5 February 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "al-Shabab al-Mum’en / Shabab al-Moumineen (Believing Youth)". GlobalSecurity.org. Retrieved 5 February 2008. 
  3. ^ Yemeni Shi'ite Cleric and Houthi Disciple 'Issam Al-'Imad: Our Leader Houthi is Close to Khamenei; We Are Influenced Religiously and Ideologically By Iran Special Dispatch No.2627, MEMRI, 2 November 2009
  4. ^ Iris Glosemeyer and Don Reneau, "Local Conflict, Global Spin: An Uprising in the Yemen Highlands," Middle East Report, No. 232 (Autumn 2004), pp. 44-46
  5. ^ "Yemen kills cleric's followers, offers reward". The Sydney Morning Herald. 11 July 2004. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Yemeni forces kill rebel cleric". BBC News. 9 October 2004. Retrieved 5 February 2008. 
  7. ^ Yemeni Regime Releases Body of the Shiite Leader of al Houthi Movement After 9 Years ABNA.ir, 2 June 2013
  8. ^ "Yemenis bury remains of founder of Houthi rebel group". Reuters. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
Preceded by
Post-Created
Leader of al-Shabab al-Muminin
June 2004 – September 2004
Succeeded by
Abdul-Malik al-Houthi