Information minister of the Yemeni UN-backed government on Monday accused the Houthi group of looting Yemenis' resources and properties by imposing the 'fifth-share' law, which represents "the worst model for racist discrimination in modern era."
"Tehran's mercenaries didn't only loot the public treasury, cash reserves and revenues, but they have also enacted racist dissemination laws, called 'the fifth', which legalize sharing the country's resources and people's properties, seriously affecting the national identity and peace and agitating ethnic feuds among the Yemeni society," Moammar al-Eryani added on Twitter.
"If they import these racist laws .. whilst under pressure of military force, not exercising an authority of the State and controlling only 20% of the lands, what would these militias do if they were able to impose coup and tighten grip on Yemen?" he argued.
All the Yemenis need to "realize how dangerous the project adopted by the Houthi militias is," the Yemeni minister said.
Head of the Houthi Supreme Political Council, Mahdi al-Mashat, has issued a decree on regulations allowing the group to levy a "fifth (20%) on ores and metals mined out of [Yemeni] lands or seas."
The fifth "must be levied on fish" and "honey if got from trees or caves," according to the regulations that were circulated on Monday by activists on social media.
Under article 48 of the regulations, the ores and metals' levies should be divided into 6 shares; the first is for Allah and assigned for Muslims' public interests including recruitment and armament, the second for the Prophet and assigned for ruler's disposal, third for Hashemite relatives, fourth for Muslim orphans including Hashemites, fifth for needy Muslims including Hashemites, and sixth for Hashemite wayfarers or other Muslim wayfarers.