Four days after abduction, Uzbek doctor dies in Houthi prison

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An Uzbek orthopedic doctor died in a Houthi-run prison in Ibb governorate, south of Yemen, according to a medical source.

The source revealed that doctor Azzam (55 years) died in a prison in Yarim district, while the circumstances of his death are still unclear.


Last Tuesday, the pro-Iranian Houthi militias kidnapped Dr. Azzam with another doctor from Tajikistan and a Yemeni man, after their house was stormed by the militias, during New Year Eve.

The source suggested that the Uzbek doctor was subjected to physical and psychological torture by the Houthis while in detention.

Last Thursday, Houthi media reported that its militants kidnapped the doctor and his companions on charges of working in a liquor factory.

Early last month, the Associated Press released an investigated report on the graphic torture by Houthis of prisoners.

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