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Yemen accuses Houthis of torturing prisoners to death

Houthis soldiers in Yemen [File photo]
Houthi soldiers in Yemen [File photo]

The Yemeni government has accused the Houthi group of torturing its prisoners to death, the Anadolu Agency reported.

A statement published by the Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights yesterday condemned “crimes committed by the Houthi militia and the coup” against detainees tortured and killed.

“The militia of the Houthi and Saleh forces are committing the worst crimes and violations against the detainees, the latest of which is the crime of torture to death committed against the detainee Ahmed Saleh Hussein Al-Wahashi of the province of Al-Baidah,” the statement continued.

The statement concluded seeking “the prompt release of all detainees and the cessation of assault and torture.”

The Iranian-backed Houthi group gained control of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, in late 2014, when the group made territorial advances from the north of the country. It is allied with former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and forces loyal to him.

Hisham Al-Omeisy, a famous Yemeni political analyst and activist, is currently being held by the Houthis. He was detained on 14 August.

The Houthi group accuse many of the detainees of supporting the Saudi-led coalition which entered the Yemen civil war in March 2015 in support of internationally recognised President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

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