Yemeni journalist dies after being tortured by Houthis

Al-Rokun before and after his detantion by Houthi militias where he was tortured brutally until his eventual death on Thursday.(Supplied)

Yemeni journalist Anwar al-Rokun would not have imagined that a trip he took to Taiz as part of his job would prove to be his last.

Because of his journalist ID he was held captive by Houthi militias for more than a year with no news about him for his waiting family.

Al-Rokun, who worked as journalist for al-Joumhouria newspaper, was brutally tortured and was released after a year in captivity due to his deteriorating health. He consequently died two days later.

The death of al-Rokun has raised the number of those who died while held captive by Houthi militias to 120 detainees, according to a human rights group.

A human rights source said al-Rokun died Thursday, two days after his release in the city of al-Saleh which has been converted by Houthis to secret prisons for torture in Taaz governorate southwest of Yemen.

According to a medical report his body carried signs of torture and wounds.

At least 400 Yemeni journalists have been displaced by war and forced to move to other areas in and outside Yemen.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50
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