Two men were condemned for the abduction, rape, and murder of a young boy who was snatched after playing next to the house of one of the men.
Yemen is one of the few countries in the world where capital punishment is legal, and even children were in attendance to watch the gruesome event.
Refat, 28, and Khaled, 31, were condemned for the abduction, rape, and murder of a young boy who was snatched after playing next to the house of one of the men.
The pair reportedly dragged him into their home and raped him.
When sentencing the pair, The Daily Star reported that the judge said: “After the rape, they could not silence the cries of the child who begged for help, one of them grabbed a knife and cracked his neck.”
All capital punishment sentences must be ratified by the President of Yemen, and usually involve a firing squad.
Offences are usually violent acts such as murder, rape and terrorism, but the death penalty can also be used for acts contrary to Sharia Law, such as adultery and blasphemy.
Three other men were previously shot dead and hung from cranes for a similarly crime involving a young boy.
Another paedophile who raped a four-year-old girl was also shot and then hung on display.
Human Rights Watch director Sarah Leah Whitson condemned the sentencing in Yemen.
She said: “Public execution is an even more grotesque violation of human rights, particularly in a country where the ability of the accused to obtain adequate legal representation and the coverage of the process is highly limited.”