Yemen Support Operation: Houthi militia deny 19 vessels access to Al-Hudayda port

File Photo showing a vessel docked at Al-Hudaydah Port west of Yemen. (Reuters)
Updated 21 April 2018
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Yemen Support Operation: Houthi militia deny 19 vessels access to Al-Hudayda port

LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Yemen has announced that Houthi backed Militia in Yemen have blocked 19 vessels close to Al-Hudayda port denying
them access to the port to empty their cargo.
Ambassador Mohammed Al-Jaber said in a tweet that the Yemen Center for Humanitarian operations is deeply worried that Houthi militia are not allowing the 19 ships into the port. Al-Jaber added that access to Al-Hudayda port was denied for the vessels carrying various type of petroleum products despite the fact that the port is empty and there are no ships moored there currently.
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Yemeni activists accuse Houthis of detaining, torturing women over made-up charges

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Yemeni activists accuse Houthis of detaining, torturing women over made-up charges

  • The allegations were first raised over the weekend by the Yemen Organization for Combating Human Trafficking
  • An AP investigation last month showed that thousands of Yemenis have been imprisoned by the Houthi militia during the four years of Yemen’s grinding civil war

SANAA: Yemen’s Houthi militias hold dozens of women without bringing them to trial or charging them with a crime, often torturing the detainees and blackmailing their families, activists said on Thursday.

The allegations were first raised over the weekend by the Yemen Organization for Combating Human Trafficking, based in the capital, Sanaa. 

The group’s founder, Nabil Fadel, said he received information from families, former female detainees, and other sources showing that over the past months, the Houthis have been rounding up women over allegations of prostitution and collaboration with the Saudi-led coalition.

A Yemeni rights lawyer on Thursday said the women were rounded up from cafes and parks in the past months. Speaking on condition of anonymity for fears for personal safety, he said their families are searching for their missing daughters.

The Yemeni anti-trafficking group said it obtained new information showing that the militias were carrying out atrocities such as “abuse, torture, and forced disappearances of women and girls in secret and illegal prisons.”

An AP investigation last month showed that thousands of Yemenis have been imprisoned by the Houthi militia during the four years of Yemen’s grinding civil war.

Many of them suffered extreme torture — being smashed in their faces with batons, hung from chains by their wrists or genitals for weeks at a time, and scorched with acid.