Houthis extort shops’ owners again

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Alsahwa Net- The Houthis officials have renewed extortion against businessmen and commercial shops’ owners in Sana’a.

The Houthis militants impose illegal exorbitant taxes on commercial shops for their “military effort”.

Local sources quoted by Asharq Al-Awsat daily Newspaper said that the Houthis imposed again payment of taxes on commercial shops and vendors of Sana’a.

The militants carried out field campaigns in Al-Tahrir, Al-Hasba, Al-Sunaina, Hayel Al-Raqas and other areas of the capital Sana’a to force shop owners to pay money to support the “military effort”.

Each shop has to pay between YR3,000 to YR50,000 ($5) -($83), according to shop owners cited by Asharq Al-Awsat.

Dozens of shop owners were detained and their shops were closed for their decline to pay the illegal tax.

This forced several shops to shut down in fear of intimidation by the Houthis militants.

Shop owners in the Houthis-held areas have been subject to extortion and intimidation by frequent visits carried out by the Houthis’ militants who force shops’ owners to pay illegal tax to support the Houthis’ fighters.

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