Zaid rose up against the Umayyad ruler of the time and was killed in battle, becoming the martyr par excellence for Zaidis after Hussein.
At the same time, many Zaidis and Twelver Shiites left Medina and immigrated to Iran.
Despite reservations about the deal, the Zaidis are taking part in the national dialogue launched in March to draft a constitution and prepare for elections.
A Salafist delegate to the national dialogue, Mohammed Shibiba, accused the Zaidis of being tools in the hands of Iran and likened them to Lebanon's Shiite militant movement Hezbollah.
Mohammad Abdul Adheem Al Houthi has always refused to accept leadership of Badr Al Deen Al Houthi as a top leader for the Zaidis
in Sa'ada and Yemen as a whole.
spread the celebrations over the days before and after.
Summary: A Yemeni court on Tuesday ordered the execution of four more Zaidi
rebels, raising the number on death row to 26, and jailed 11 others for up to 12 years for their role in violent clashes near Sanaa
are being waged against our culture," he said, adding that the government detains Zaidis
"on ethnic and sectarian grounds".
North Yemen was ruled by these Hashimite Zaidis
for more than 1,000 years until they were overthrown by an alliance of nationalist Sunni and Shia military officers in 1962 who then founded the Yemen Arab Republic.
He assured that inquiry would be conducted in Zaidis
killing and the culprits would be given severe punishment.
In 2004, Hussein launched an armed Zaidi
rebellion against Saleh's regime and this quickly developed into a war.
But right now, it looks like Fizza Zaidi
, 17, and her 16-year-old brother, Syed, will not get that chance because their family - here on a visitors visa since 1995 - is facing deportation back to their native Pakistan due to bad legal advice they received from an immigration attorney.