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  1. Arti says:

    Like other Shiites, Zaydis believe that only descendants of the Prophet Mohammed’s cousin and son-in-law, Ali, have the right to lead the Muslim community as imams – divinely-appointed successors of the Prophet. But Saudi Arabia resumed airstrikes two days later, and the first month of the campaign had neither driven the Houthis from Sanaa nor restored Hadi to power. They consolidated their territorial control, pushing south towards Sanaa. “Our fighters will not evacuate from the main cities or the government institutions,” Houthi leader Abdul-Malik al Houthi said on April 19. The United Nations tried again in Kuwait in April 2016, but discussions broke down in August and fighting between the Houthis and pro-government forces resumed. As of March 2017, seven ceasefire agreements had been broken in the conflict. Most adherents of Zaydism reside in Yemen, and Zaydis make up around eight percent of the world’s 70 million Shiites. N. But in January, the Houthis rejected the government’s newly drafted constitution and took over the presidential palace. But in January, the Houthis rejected the government’s newly drafted con

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