Video footage have shown Houthi militias preventing Yemenis from performing Tarawih Ramadan prayers from several mosques across the capital Sanaa in recent days.
Mosque imams were told to sign pledges not to perform Tarawih, performed after evening prayers during the holy month of Ramadan, according to strict instructions that have been distributed by the Ministry of Endowments, currently under Houthi control which they control.
One video showed defiant Yemenis performing Tarawih in one of the mosques in Sanaa and were stopped and expelled on direct instructions of the militia leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi.
Issa al-Athri, a close associate of ousted former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, published a video confirming the prevention of Tarawih prayers in all mosques with the exception of al-Saleh Mosque located in al-Sabeen square.
“The oppressed Sanaa! This we have a mosque without worshipers! The Houthis do not care about anyone who attends or otherwise! The most important thing is to prevent Tarawih prayers,” Former Minister of Culture Khaled Al-Ruwishan said as he posted a picture on Facebook commenting on the Houthi decision to ban Ramadan prayers in the capital.