Yemen's Salafists say Houthis should be prosecuted

Yemen's Salafist party called for "bringing Houthi leaders and militiamen to justice over the crimes against humanity they committed against Dammaj people."

Yemen's Salafists say Houthis should be prosecuted

World Bulletin / News Desk

Yemen's only Salafist party has accused Houthis of committing "crimes against humanity" and "atrocities" in the northern flashpoint town of Dammaj, urging authorities to hold the group's leaders accountable.

In a statement, the Rashad Union party called for "bringing Houthi leaders and militiamen to justice over the crimes against humanity they committed against Dammaj people."

Since 2011, Dammaj has seen several rounds of fighting between Houthis and Salafists, leaving dozens dead.

Salafists accuse the Houthis of besieging the only Salafist-controlled town in Yemen's Shiite-majority Saada province.

The Houthis, for their part, say they are trying to flush out foreign extremists.

Both sides have reached a ceasefire deal sponsored by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, under which non-native Salafists were to leave Dammaj.

However, hundreds of the town's residents have been seen fleeing along the non-natives over fears that they would stand defenseless against Houthi attacks.

In its statement, Rashad Union condemned the "forcible displacement" of Dammaj's people.

It called on the authorities to disarm the militants, saying the latter "pose a threat to social peace and coexistence."

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