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Egyptian Alliance for Human Rights and Development Condemns Houthi Militia’s Tightening of Merchants

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Press statement

Egyptian Alliance for Human Rights and Development Condemns Houthi Militia’s Tightening of Merchants

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The Egyptian Alliance for Human Rights and Development on April 20, 2021, condemned the tightening of the Houthi terrorist group’s militia against companies, banks and shops in the capital Sana’a, where it forcibly closed several shops after their owners refused to pay excessive taxes and levies imposed by the militia during the month of Ramadan.

According to the Alliance, the Houthi militias closed the stores to force their owners to hand over a copy of the accounting regulations in preparation for the imposition of new levies. The terrorist acts and the cowards of Houthi groups on the private sector caused the closure of about 26% of the companies once and for all, while about 41% of the businesses were forced to close their branches and lay off part of their employees.

The militias justified their request for a corporate and shops database to determine how much zakat was to be paid, and because some refused to hand over the data, they closed a number of companies and shops.

The Egyptian Alliance for Human Rights and Development expresses deep concern about the security situation in Yemen and calls on the United Nations and the international community to protect civilians from business owners, banks and shops in Yemen from terrorist acts carried out by Houthi terrorist groups, which threaten security, peace and stability in Yemen.

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