Houthi rebels ar­rest Baha’i spokesman in purge

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The spokesman for the be­lea­guered Baha’i com­mu­nity in Ye­men has been ar­rested as part of the Houthi rebels’ lat­est crack­down on the re­li­gious mi­nor­ity. The Baha’i faith is a small monothe­is­tic reli­gion which be­gan in Per­sia in the 1800s and now faces wide­spread per­se­cu­tion by Iran and its al­lies across the Mid­dle East.The Houthi rebels, who con­trol Ye­men’s cap­i­tal Sana’a and are backed by Iran, have ar­rested dozens of Baha’i since 2016 and sen­tenced sev­eral of them to death. Ab­dul­lah al-Olofi was on his way to mar­ketwhen he was ar­rested.

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