Yemen’s Houthis kill man for rejecting request to join their ranks

Nabil’s father said that according to eyewitnesses, a car with Houthi militiamen chased his son’s car, and purposely crashed into it. (Supplied)

A Yemeni man was killed by a Houthi militia in Sanaa on Monday after he refused to join their fighting ranks.

Waleed Nabil, who was the son of the head of the Yemeni Organization for Combating Human Trafficking, was stopped at a Houthi checkpoint, according to local sources.

Nabil’s father said that according to eyewitnesses, a car with Houthi militiamen chased his son’s car, and purposely crashed into it, then proceeded to shoot live ammunition at him. They then removed his dead body from the car and drove off.

“I got in touch with the Ansarullah office in Sanaa, and they confirmed that he was dead, but they refused to allow me to see his body or give more details,” Nabil’s father said.

He added that he had received a phone call a few hours before Nabil’s death from an unknown person asking why his other son did not join the Houthi fighting fronts yet. He said when he replied, “What is our relationship with the war”, he was accused of belonging to ISIS.

While the Houthis refuse to return Nabil’s body to his family, international human rights organizations have called for the body to be returned, and social media users have condemned the Houthis for the incident.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:51 - GMT 06:51
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