On September 25, 2017, it was published that the mufti of the Houthi militia in Yemen, Shams al-Deen Sharad al-Deen, issued a fatwa (religious ruling) forbidding the use of Internet as “it leads to corruption.”
Houthi forces enforced the fatwa in the village of Qabal, located in Hamdan district of Sanaa governorate. According to locals, the militia men shot down several houses with WiFi routers. The Houthi supervisor in the area, Mohammed al-Samini, destroyed such devices in every house and sent a copy of the fatwa to the residents.
Villagers also described a case where one of the residents refused to take down the WiFi device in his house and was met with Houthi fire on his house and at the device on the roof. He was also beaten until he bled.
According to reports, residents of Yemen were concerned that after the release of the above fatwa, the Houthi militia would expand its searches and actions targeting Internet users in the country.