Houthis ‘torture and kill prisoners’ in Hodeidah who refuse to fight for them: reports

Supporters of the Houthis demonstrate in the capital Sanaa on 25 June 2018, in support of fellow Houthis engaged in battles against the coalition forces led by Saudi Arabia in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah. (AFP)
Updated 30 June 2018

Houthis ‘torture and kill prisoners’ in Hodeidah who refuse to fight for them: reports

  • The central prison in Hodeidah, which is situated in the south of the city, holds more than 700 prisoners.
  • Houthi militias called hundreds of its gunmen to the prison in order to force inmates to fight for them and randomly opened fire when the prisoners refused to leave.

LONDON: The inmates of the central prison in Hodeidah, Yemen, have refused to yield to Houthi demands to fight in their ranks, prompting the militia to torture inmates, set fire to prison wards, and shoot inmates with live bullets, according to reports.
At least three inmates have died as a result of Houthi torture and 20 others have been injured, Asharq Al-Awsat reported.
There has also been a reported rise in Houthi violations of citizen’s rights in the areas that they control, including the looting of bank funds, and imposing restrictions on commercial companies.
Houthi militias have also tried to sell large properties belonging to the General People’s Congress party in Hodeidah and Taiz.
Relatives of prisoners told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Houthi militia decided to transfer hundreds of central prison inmates to unknown locations on Friday morning and that it is very likely that they were taken to training camps in order to force them to fight in Houthi ranks.
Houthi militias called hundreds of its gunmen to the prison in order to force inmates to fight for them and randomly opened fire when the prisoners refused to leave. Gas bombs were also used to force inmates to surrender.
Houthi militia have lately resorted to recruiting the inmates of prisons in Sanaa, Ibb, Dhamar, Hajjah, Al-Mahwit because they need more fighters. Children, teenagers, civilian employees, and residents of homes for orphans have also been recruited.
The central prison in Hodeidah, which is situated in the south of the city, holds more than 700 prisoners. They fear that they will be used as human shields if they continue to refuse to fight for the Houthis.


US targets five Iranian officials for blocking election candidates

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US targets five Iranian officials for blocking election candidates

WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday slapped sanctions on five Iranian officials in charge of vetting candidates for this week's parliamentary elections, in which thousands have been barred from running.
The targeted officials include Ahmad Jannati, a powerful cleric accused of overseeing the disqualification of candidates as part of the Guardian Council. The ultra-conservative also plays a key role in a body that selects the regime's supreme leader.

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"The Trump Administration will not tolerate the manipulation of elections to favor the regime's malign agenda, and this action exposes those senior regime officials responsible for preventing the Iranian people from freely choosing their leaders," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.