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WATCH: Growing number of Houthi abductions of students in Sanaa

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Cases of abductions of students from the University of Sanaa continue to be reported in Yemen.

Human rights groups and security sources say that the number of detainees kidnapped by the Houthi militias, mostly students from Sanaa University, rose to 80.

Armed groups belonging to the Houthis have been carrying out raids and arrests in various neighborhoods of Sanaa, based on a list prepared in advance which includes their targets.

The arrests target political and human rights activists, bloggers, and media personalities who speak against the militias. The Yemeni government condemns the militia’s actions against unarmed civilians who are usually tortured and severely beaten.

The Yemeni government, in a statement, urged the international community and the United Nations to denounce these systematic crimes.

On Saturday the militias clamped down on a demonstration called the “Hunger Revolution” in which civilians protested the high cost of living and non-payment of salaries. Houthi militias were heard mocking the protest.