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Yemen forces release Al-Islah party deputy head in Aden

Logo of the Yemeni Congregation for Reform, frequently called al-Islah is a Yemeni Islamist party [Wikipedia]
Logo of the Yemeni Congregation for Reform, frequently called al-Islah is a Yemeni Islamist party [Wikipedia]

Security forces in Yemen’s southern city of Aden have released a senior party leader after a week-long detention, a party spokesman said today.

Mohamed Abdul Malik, assistant secretary-general of Al-Islah party in Aden, was set free, Khaled Haidan told the Anadolu Agency.

He said security authorities have pledged to release eight party members tomorrow.

Last week, security forces rounded up a number of party members and activists during raids in Aden.

Al-Islah party is a main backer of the internationally-recognised government and the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Yemen fell into civil war in 2014 when Houthis overran much of the country, forcing Yemen’s Saudi-backed government to set up an interim capital in the coastal city of Aden.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies began a devastating air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi military gains in Yemen.

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