The Houthi militia kidnapped a number of imams and muezzins of mosques in the central province of Ibb, on the pretext of their refusal to delay the Maghrib call to prayer from the date announced by the Houthi.
Local residents said that the Houthi militia had kidnapped a number of muezzins and imams of mosques in Al-Qafar District, north of Ibb Governorate, after they refused to delay the date of the Maghrib call to prayer during the days of Ramadan, according to a Houthi request.
The residents added that the Houthi militia summoned a number of the muezzins and imams of the “Al-Qafar” mosques to the Security Department of the Al-Qafar Directorate, with the aim of forcing them to delay the Maghrib call to prayer in Ramadan, until the appearance of the night, in line with their beliefs that breaking the fast should be delayed until nightfall and the appearance of the stars, which means a delay About 12 minutes from the official time for the Maghrib call to prayer in their regions, at a time when these demands were rejected.
The people indicated that the militia deposited the muezzins and imams who had been summoned, and they were placed in the prison of the Security Department of Al-Qafar Directorate.
This incident comes a day after Houthi elements belonging to the governorates of the north of the north came to a number of mosques in the city of Ibb, the capital of the governorate, and asked the imams and muezzins to delay the time for the Maghrib call to prayer on Ramadan days, for 11 minutes, and threatened them with kidnapping in case of non-response, amid Wide rejection and reluctance by the imams and the local community.