Yemen’s Houthi militias kidnap photographer in Sanaa

Qaoud was kidnapped near the presidential palace in Sanaa and taken to an unknown destination. (Supplied)

The Houthi militias in Yemen kidnapped a photographer, Hamad al-Qaoud, from a public street in Sanaa, local Yemeni news sites reported.

Qaoud was kidnapped near the presidential palace in Sanaa and taken to an unknown destination, according to the news publications.

Qaoud is the son of prominent Yemeni writer Mohamed al-Qaoud.

Yemen’s Minister of Information Moammar al-Eryani condemned the kidnapping on his official Twitter account, stating that the many abductions carried out by the Houthis are “crimes against humanity.”

“The crimes and violations committed by militias against journalists, detaining dozens with prosecuting them are crimes against humanity. This requires firm positions from international community and human rights organizations,” Eryani said.

Among the abductions by Houthis were that of over 80 students from Sanaa University early October. Armed groups belonging to the Houthis have been carrying out raids and arrests in various neighborhoods of Sanaa, based on a list prepared in advance which includes their targets.

The arrests target political and human rights activists, bloggers, and media personalities who speak out against the militias.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:58 - GMT 06:58
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