New intimidation by Houthis against jewelry shops in Sana’a

New intimidation by Houthis against jewelry shops in Sana’a

Alsahwa Net- The Houthis militants have carried out a new intimidation on jewelry shops in Sana’a which led to the shutdown of over 20 shops.

The London-based Asharq Al-Awsat daily Newspaper reported that the Houthis gunmen have been implementing armed visits to jewelry shops where they ask for fines accusing shop owners of not engaging in the Houthis’ recent event on the party they organized celebrating the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday using their own political agenda for the event.

The Houthis then imposed fees on shops and companies including clinics, schools, restaurants and banks and imposing forcible decoration on each shop with green painting and green light.

Each shop had to pay between YR80,000 to 200,000 and those who refused to pay the money were threatened shutdown of their shops and offices.

About 22 jewelry shops were closed in various streets of the capital Sana’a and scores of shops were closed operations in fear of new intimidations.

Businesses in the Houthis-held areas have been vulnerable to frequent intimidations since the Houthis captured Sana’a late 2014.   


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