Yemen’s Houthi Rebel Leader “The Americans Label Anyone Who Opposes Their Policy as Terrorists”

The United States may soon classify the Houthi rebels in Yemen as a terrorist organization, in part because of their ties to Iran. Their leader, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, 41, expresses defiance in an interview with DER SPIEGEL, arguing Washington should settle its score with Iran, not Yemen.
Interview Conducted By Susanne Koelbl
A man plays the Oud atop rubble in besieged Taiz, Yemen.

A man plays the Oud atop rubble in besieged Taiz, Yemen.

Foto: Ahmad Al-Basha/ AFP
Mohammed Ali al-Houthi (in Sanaa) and SPIEGEL reporter Susanne Koelbl during their video interview.

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi (in Sanaa) and SPIEGEL reporter Susanne Koelbl during their video interview.

Foto: DER SPIEGEL
"The president names the price the Saudis pay, the U.S. delivers."

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi

Houthi fighters in Sanaa conquered the capital city years ago and are unwilling to yield.

Houthi fighters in Sanaa conquered the capital city years ago and are unwilling to yield.

Foto: Yahya Arhab/ dpa
"We are very grateful to the Germans for stopping the delivery of weapons to Saudi Arabia."

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi

"Saudi Arabia is not our mother, whom we have to respect and follow."

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi

A 12-year-old, malnourished girl at a clinic the northwest province of Hajjah in northwest Yemen: Who is responsible for the catastrophe?

A 12-year-old, malnourished girl at a clinic the northwest province of Hajjah in northwest Yemen: Who is responsible for the catastrophe?

Foto: KHALED ABDULLAH/ REUTERS
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