A man in Yemen who was convicted of raping and murdering a 4-year-old was publicly executed on Monday. Onlookers to the public execution filmed the mans death on their smartphones. It is the second public execution of it's kind in the last two weeks in the city of Sanaa in Yemen. The city was taken over by Houthi insurgents during a Shia-led religious movement in the later half of 2014 and has been under their control over since.
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Many people are condemning the actions of the religious movement as a violation of human rights which also encompasses the use of children as soldiers. The execution took place on a dirty city street when Yemeni police stood over the downward facing, prone body of Hussein al-Saket, 22, and shot him in the back of the head several times with an assault rifle. A judge who attended the man's violent execution named Rajeh Ezzedine said that al-Saket was found guilty of abducting, raping and then murdering a four year old girl.
The group who has been in control of the city of Sanaa touts the slogan "God is the Greatest, Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse the Jews, Victory to Islam." The violence in the middle east has been a hot topic for President's of Western countries in recent decades and the number of cities under the control of violent religious extremists is growing. Today's execution only serves to highlight the problem that is religious extremism and unfortunately it seems the latest president is no where closer to a solution than the last.