Everyone's favorite "When Houthis Attack" - 52nd episode
The Houthi movement, officially called Ansar Allah ("Supporters of God") and colloquially simply Houthis, is an Islamic political and armed movement that emerged from Sa'dah in northern Yemen in the 1990s. The movement was called Houthis because its founder is from the Houthi tribe.
They are of the Zaidi school, though the movement also includes Sunnis.
Under the leadership of Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, the group emerged as an opposition to former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, whom they charged with massive financial corruption and criticized for being backed by Saudi Arabia and the United States at the expense of the Yemeni people and Yemen's sovereignty.
Resisting Saleh's order for his arrest, Hussein al-Houthi was killed in Sa'dah in 2004 along with a number of his guards by the Yemeni army, sparking the Houthi insurgency in Yemen.
Since then, except for a short intervening period, the movement has been led by his brother Abdul-Malik al-Houthi.
The "sandal warriors" fight not only against Saudi-puppet Yemeni government but also a Saudi-led coalition:
Since the beginning of the war, fighter jets and ground forces from Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and Academi (formerly called Blackwater) took part in the operations. Djibouti, Eritrea, and Somalia made their airspace, territorial waters, and military bases available to the coalition.[
The United States provided intelligence and logistical support, including aerial refueling and search-and-rescue for downed coalition pilots.
It also accelerated the sale of weapons to coalition states.
The US and Britain have deployed their military personnel in the command and control center responsible for Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen, having access to lists of targets.
The war received widespread criticism and had a dramatic worsening effect on Yemen's humanitarian situation, which reached the level of a "humanitarian disaster" or "humanitarian catastrophe", and many have labeled it as a genocide.
In 2003, the Houthis' slogan "God is great, death to the US, death to Israel, curse the Jews, and victory for Islam", became the group's trademark