Yemeni human rights group: Over 1,000 violations in last two months

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The non-governmental Yemeni Coalition for Monitoring Human Rights Violations documented 1,082 violations in Yemen during August and September, which include murder, execution without trials, arbitrary detentions, kidnappings, recruitment of children and forcible displacement.

A statement issued by the group on Saturday said most of these violations were committed by Houthi militias and forces loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Over 300 civilians, including women and children, were killed during the last two months in different provinces such as in Taiz and Sanaa. At least 100 of them were killed by Houthis and Saleh loyalists’ random shelling.

According to the statement, at least 8 were killed and 12 were injured by mines planted by militias. This is in addition to dozens of other victims whom the rights group could not reach.

Houthi militias arbitrarily detained at least 340 people, including 13 women and children, while 26 citizens disappeared in rebel-held areas.

The statement also highlighted torture in Houthi prisons and said at least 7 detainees were tortured, adding that at least 7 children whom the Houthis recruited for fighting were killed.

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