In continuation of the arbitrary measures and levies, the Houthi coup militia launched a new wave in Sana’a to target stores in Sana’a under the pretext of using models to display women’s clothing.
Witnesses in Sanaa told Asharq Al-Awsat that armed Houthi elements stormed more than 20 shops in Al-Zahrawi market on Taiz Street in the hijacked capital, Sana’a, and proceeded to destroy dozens of models displaying women’s clothing, tearing and burning all the clothes that were on them.
While witnesses said that the group’s rabid campaign caused widespread resentment and anger among the sellers and merchants, some merchants reported that the militias justified the raid campaign “because the plastic sculptures are taboo that violate Islamic law and provoke the sexual instinct” and target what the group calls “faith identity.” .
The merchants pointed out that such and other pretexts were often taken by the group as a justification for its crimes and repeated attacks against their property, sources of livelihood and families.
In Ibb governorate (170 km south of Sanaa), the militias began implementing a campaign of levying and targeting similar during which hundreds of merchants in the governorate were affected and resulted in the closure of dozens of shops and the kidnapping of their owners after they refused to pay levies in support of the war effort.