Professor shot dead in Houthi-held Sanaa

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In a dreadful incident, a university was shot dead because of a hate crime. Gunmen from Houthi officials shot a professor as he walked out of a friend’s house. The incident happened two days back at night when the victim was walking towards his home. That area is majorly under the control of the Houthi people.

Mohammed Ali Naeem used to work in the school’s engineering and architecture department. He was declared dead on arrival at a local hospital. Ironically, just a few hours before the incident, the professor posted on social media demanding the Houthis and the Yemeni government increase the salaries for employees.

In the post, he vented about the depreciation of the Yemeni riyal and the increased price of essential commodities. The post read ‘We demand the government of Sana’a and Aden increase salaries.” And “The revolution is still going on.”

It should be noted that since 2016, the public servants in Sana’a and Yemen have not received employment compensation. The rebels who hail with support from Iran-backed leaders stopped paying salaries in response to the Yemen president’s relocation of the central bank headquarters from Sana’a to Aden.

In a similar incident, last year gunmen assassinated Hassan Zaid, minister of sports and youth in the Houthi cabinet. There has been a proliferation of armed men in Sanaa, Yemeni activists and critics of the rebels in the region.

A journalist mentioned that these rebels are suspected of killing their opponents and critics while only Houthi supporters are given special treatment. Practically no one can freely roam around Sana’a carrying weapons other than the Houthi movement’s supporters. He further said amusingly they closed the file within 24 hours and the alleged killer was a prisoner. They executed people who had nothing to do with the case.

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