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Yemen’s Houthis ‘help prisoners escape in exchange for joining fight’

The militia made deals with a number of prisoners saying that they would get them out if they agree to join the militia and fight on their battlefronts. (File photo: Reuters)

The Houthi militia intensified their activities aimed at helping prisoners escape from Yemen’s central prison in the Ibb governorate in an attempt to increase their numbers on battlefronts.

According to sources inside the central prison, the militia made deals with a number of prisoners saying that they would get them out if they agree to join the militia and fight on their battlefronts.

The Houthis are known to have released a number of prisoners within the past few years, especially those who were sentenced to death, and sent them to fight their battles on various fronts.

Houthi battle losses

In Hodeidah, 20 Houthi militiamen were killed on Saturday evening following raids by Arab Coalition fighters and battles with the Yemeni army on the outskirts of Hays, and al-Tahita, according to sources.

It is reported that one of the militiamen killed is the son of the head of the Houthi Revolutionary Committees in Hodeidah.

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Last Update: Sunday, 21 January 2018 KSA 10:59 - GMT 07:59
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