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Three Hostages Die in Houthi Custody

Three Hostages Die in Houthi Custody

Saturday, 25 May, 2019 - 10:30
A Houthi gunman holds his gun during a rally in Sanaa in August 2015. AP file photo
Taiz – Asharq Al-Awsat

At least three captives have recently been tortured to death while under Houthi custody, the Mothers of Abductees Association reported.

“Abductees died in Houthi militia coup prisons in Hodeidah province, west of Yemen. They suffered torture and are suspected of having been beaten to death,” the Association said in a statement.

Mohammad Yohieh Al Massoudi, one of the victims, 35, was kidnapped by masked Houthi gunmen on April 19, 2019. His bruised body was handed back to his family under the conditions that they do not allow a forensics examiner to conduct an autopsy.

Adel Ayash Matari Mahboum, another victim, 27, was taken from the safety of his home in Al Rukba village on May 7, 2017. He breathed his last breath a few days later in what appears to be a case of death by electrocution. His corpse was held at a morgue in a Houthi-run hospital in Sanaa for two years.

It was only recently that his family members were informed of his passing.

Ali Bin Ali, the third victim listed by the Association, was abducted early on May 2019, but Houthis told his family that he was still undergoing investigations.

Soon after, downpour washed off what later appeared to be a shallow grave dug for Ali’s tattered body.

The Association, for its part, urged the United Nations Security Council to take action against Houthi murders, and called on “activists and legal aides to work seriously to bring kidnappers and murders to justice.”

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