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Man convicted of raping and killing child executed in Sanaa, Yemen
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A man convicted of raping and murdering a three-year-old girl has been executed in the Yemeni capital Sanaa in front of hundreds of onlook ers.

Mohammed al-Moghrabi is forced to lay face down moments before his death. Picture: Mohammed Huwais/AFP

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THOUSANDS of people gathered in the rebel-held Yemeni capital on Monday to witness the public execution of a man convicted of raping and murdering a three-year-old girl.

Mohammed al-Moghrabi, 41, was sentenced to death for the June 25 rape and murder by a court run by the Shiite Huthi rebels who control Sanaa.

The gruesome crime coincided with the first day of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, and sparked anger among the population.

A doctors stands close to    Yemeni security forces preparing to execute Mohammed al-Moghrabi. Picture: AFP

A doctors stands close to Yemeni security forces preparing to execute Mohammed al-Moghrabi. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

Moghrabi was first given 100 lashes and then made to lie flat, his face on the ground, and killed by multiple gunshots by security forces to cheers from the crowd.

Police said they escorted him to Tahrir square where he was executed amid fears the angry crowd could lynch him.

The public execution was widely aired on Huthi-run media in Yemen, framed as an example of the Shiite rebels’ efforts to combat crime in their areas.

The Iran-backed Huthis have been locked in war with the Saudi-backed internationally-recognised government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi for two years.

Mohammed al-Moghrabi, pictured sitting down, was sentenced to execution after 100 lashes &   quot;in a public place" by a court run by the country's Huthi rebels, who control the capital Sanaa. Picture: AFP

Mohammed al-Moghrabi, pictured sitting down, was sentenced to execution after 100 lashes "in a public place" by a court run by the country's Huthi rebels, who control the capital Sanaa. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

More than 8,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in the conflict, while nearly 2,000 have died of cholera since April.

The United Nations has described Yemen as “the largest humanitarian crisis in the world,” with 10 million civilians in acute need of lifesaving aid as the country teeters on the edge of famine.

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