At a time when UN envoy Martin Griffiths is working to bring about peace between warring sides in Yemen, and launch negotiations in Sweden in December, many saw his latest meeting with Houthi leader Mohamed Ali al-Houthi as a reaffirmation that the Houthis are not ready for peace.
Yemeni activists have been circulating a picture of the meeting, where an AK-47 rifle was placed under the table next to where al-Houthi was sitting. The picture has sparked a wide debate and questions over why it was necessary for the Houthi leader to bring a weapon to the meeting.
Al-Houthi, the head of what’s called the Supreme Revolutionary Committee of the Houthi militias, published an article on The Washington Post on November 9, a move considered an editorial drop for the newspaper, especially that the Houthi top leader is described as a “war criminal.”
Yemeni human rights activist and journalist Hamdan Alaly told Al Arabiya English that the article penned by Mohammed al-Houthi was particularly shocking for the Yemenis, especially journalists, who suffer greatly from injustice and violations practiced against them by the Houthi militias.
He added that Mohammed al-Houthi is one of the top figures of the Houthis and the second in rank in the pro-Iranian militias who is implicated in issuing directives for killing more than 26 Yemeni journalists, while there are 16 journalists till this day in detention centers.
A video of al-Houthi has also recently surfaced where he is seen on the back of a military vehicle in Yemen, accompanied by Yemeni children that the militias have recruited to fight on frontlines.