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Houthis shut down Hajj and Umrah agencies in Yemen, target owners

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The Houthi militias shut down a number of offices and agencies that book Hajj and Umrah trips from Sanaa and other areas, and have begun tracking down the agencies’ owners.

The managers of one of the agencies in Sanaa said that this Houthi campaign against them is large, adding that the campaign coincides with the Awqaf ministry issuing a list of officially approved Hajj and Umrah booking agencies where people can start arranging pilgrimage trips.

The militias forced these agencies to pay a fee for every pilgrim who books through them as “operational expenses” for the Awqaf ministry of the illegitimate government, which controls Sanaa.

A manager of one of the agencies, who did not reveal his name for security purposes, said that several did not agree to these payment terms which cause the Houthis to shut down 18 of them in Sanaa alone.

The Houthis have also banned several Muslims in Yemen from going to the Holy site last year by confiscating their passports and blocking their travels.