Earlier this March, Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi made a speech
in which he denounced the Baha’i faith and accused its followers of collaborating with Western countries and Israel. His speech echoed a 2013 fatwa
released by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in which he called upon Iranians to avoid any and all engagement or interaction with the Baha’is. Al-Houthi’s speech triggered a series of reiterations by news sites, radio stations, and TV programs. A few days later, prominent Houthi writer and strategist Ahmad ‘Ayed Ahmad tweeted
that they “will skin every Baha’i to death”.