Houthis, Saleh militias violate sanctity of 750 mosques in Yemen

A man uses his mobile to take photos inside a mosque hit by two bombs in Sanaa, Yemen, in this file photo taken on Sept. 3, 2015. (AP)
Updated 19 April 2017
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Houthis, Saleh militias violate sanctity of 750 mosques in Yemen

JEDDAH: Houthi and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s militias have so far destroyed over 750 mosques in Yemen.

Damage include total destruction, heavy bomb-shelling theft of furniture and belongings, use of mosques for qat chewing sessions or as military barracks by these militias.

A report by a Yemeni group monitored the violations from 2013 to 2016.

The two-part study states that the Houthi’s bombing of mosques exposed the ideological, cultural and intellectual dimension of their war and pointed out that the mosques in the province of Saada and the capital Sanaa witnessed the largest cases of Houthi violations: 282 mosques in the capital and 115 in Saada.

The report said that Houthis, after years of studying in Iranian Qum, started their aggression on Yemeni tribes, in January 2013; ever since, they have been mobilizing and got in possession explosives that they used to target the largest mosques as soon as they occupy a village.

They also targeted Qur’an and Hadith teaching places in an attempt to delete the good teachings of Qur’an and Sunnah and impose imported Iranian Khomeinist thought, with its symbols and slogans.

The report said that 14 schools teaching the Qur’an have been bombed and vandalized.

The report also said that Houthis bombed 80 mosques while they shelled 41 mosques, raided 117 mosques and turned 157 mosques into military bases where they have smoke shisha, qat and shama.

The report stated that Houthis kidnapped and tortured 150 imams, 69 of whom in the capital Sanaa, 29 in Hudaida and 25 in Ibb, elaborating that Houthis resort to terrorizing people with excessive use of power, torture and violence in order for the population to surrender fast.

The report also saids that Houthis target scholars’ houses and those of opponents to scare others and ensure they do not oppose or disagree with them.


Coordinated Arab efforts urged to overcome challenges

Updated 16 July 2019
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Coordinated Arab efforts urged to overcome challenges

CAIRO: Dr. Khalid Al-Ghamdi, chairman of the Arab Media Standing Committee and general supervisor of foreign media at Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Media, called for coordinated Arab efforts to overcome regional challenges particularly the Palestinian issue and terrorism.
Al-Ghamdi was presiding over the committee’s 93rd session held at Arab League’s headquarters in Cairo on Sunday.
He said the meeting discussed a number of key issues including the Arab Media Charter of Honor. It was, Al-Ghamdi said, a continuation of previous meetings to discuss their outcomes and review the results in the light of proposals put forward by different member Arab countries.
The meeting was also attended by Arab League’s Assistant Secretary-General for Social Affairs Ambassador Badr El-Din Alali, Counselor Fawzi Al-Ghwail, director of the technical department of the Council of Arab Information Ministers, representatives of Arab member states, representatives of Arab information ministries and the heads of Arab media agencies and institutions.
Alali said the Palestinian question continues to remain the main issue in addition to the terrorist threats, sustainable development and the Arab image in the West.
“Implementing the Arab Media Strategy and improving media practices using the latest technologies is vital for media to effectively contributing to awareness programs and supporting the region’s vital issues.”
He said the inclusion of the Arab Media Charter of Honor and media education to the agenda is of great importance.
He also express resolve to counter the phenomenon of fake news and that the Arab media is serious about countering this problem.