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Houthis Kidnap Civilians in Five Yemeni Governorates

Houthis Kidnap Civilians in Five Yemeni Governorates

Sunday, 13 October, 2019 - 07:45
A general view of the old city of Sanaa, Yemen November 19, 2018. (Reuters)

Iranian-backed Houthi militias have intensified crackdowns on residents and travelers in five Yemeni provinces over the past few days, according to residents and human rights sources.

The Houthi campaigns targeted several opponents in the governorates of Al-Jawf, Sanaa, Dhamar, Taiz, and Al-Bayda, in continuation of the group's policy aimed at terrorizing the population.

According to the sources, the Houthi repressive actions extended to reach the educational and health sectors through arbitrary dismissal decisions from the civil service against dozens of employees.

The sources pointed out that the dismissal decisions targeted more than 200 employees in the Office of the Ministry of Education under the group's control, as well as six doctors in the province of Mahweet.

Meanwhile, the Houthi militias affirmed they had arrested 64 civilians in just ten days in the provinces of al-Jawf, Taiz, Dhamar, al-Bayda, and Taiz, claiming they were loyal to the legitimate government and the coalition supporting it.

Official sources of the Houthi group also revealed that its members, deployed in Houthi check-points, had kidnaped dozens of passengers who were moving out between the governorates.

According to the same Houthi sources, the group kidnapped 10 civilians in al-Jawf province and six in Sanaa on allegations that they were on their way to Marib to join the ranks of the legitimacy.

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