Houthi rebel fighters chant slogans as they hold their weapons during a gathering aimed at mobilizing more fighters for the Iranian-backed Houthi movement, in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. The Houthi rebels control the capital, Sanaa, and much of the country’s north, where most of the population lives. They are at war with a U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition fighting on behalf of the internationally recognized government. Image Credit: (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Cairo: The Yemeni government has accused Qatar of maintaining links with Al Houthi militia, calling it a “breach of international laws”.

The accusation was made by Yemeni Information Minister Moammar Al Eryani commenting on Qatar’s recent deportation of a Yemeni woman to Djibuti.

Hayat Al Baydani, a Yemeni mother of a child, was recently deported from Qatar reportedly upon a request from her family under pressure from Al Houthis. The woman has said Qatar forcibly deported her along with her husband with whom she is on bad terms, and appealed for international help.

“Qatar has violated human rights laws it signed by deporting Al Baydani,” Al Eryani commented on Twitter.

He accused the Qatari government of keeping contacts with Iran-aligned Al Houtrhis despite being an illegal militia.

“This violates all international laws and norms as well as the international Security Council resolutions,” the minister added. There has been no official comment from Doha.

Al Houthis plunged Yemen in a devastating war after they toppled the internationally recognised government and seized parts of the country including the capital Sana’a in late 2014.