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Yemeni rights group accuses Saudi-led coalition of killing detainees

Supporters of Houthis participate in march on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of Houthis' control of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, on 21, 2019. [Mohammed Hamoud - Anadolu Agency]
Houthis mark the the fifth anniversary of their control of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, on 21 September 2019 [Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency]

The Mothers of Abductees Association in Yemen accused the Saudi-led military coalition on Tuesday of killing 210 detainees since the start of its military intervention in the country five years ago.

“Two hundred and ten civilians were abducted and then killed in coalition air strikes on Houthi prisons and detention centres,” the Association explained in a public statement. “No attention was paid to the lives of these innocent civilians, without investigation or accountability.”

The statement added: “For five consecutive years, our sons were kidnapped, forcibly disappeared and arbitrarily detained behind bars without legal justification. They were civilians who were taken from their homes, streets and public places because of their opinions, political affiliations or their intellectual and religious beliefs”.

According to the statement, since 2015, the Houthis have abducted and forcibly disappeared 1,839 civilians in 244 official prisons and detention centres.

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