Houthis kidnap two journalists who are Saleh loyalists

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The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate said on Wednesday that Houthi militias in Sanaa kidnapped two prominent journalists who support their ally, ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, as the dispute between them continues to escalate.

“Houthi gunmen kidnapped two journalists on Tuesday noon while they walked out of a restaurant in Sanaa,” the syndicate said in a statement which Al Arabiya received a copy of.

The journalists were identified as Kamel Al Khodani, the editorial secretary at almethaq.net which is a news website for the General People's Congress that’s headed by Saleh, and Sami Al Sharjabi, a journalist at almotamar.net, the General People's Congress official website.

Khodani and Sharjabi are members of the General People's Congress and staunch defenders of Saleh and critics of the Houthi militias.

The syndicate condemned their abduction, called for releasing them and held the Houthis completely responsible for their lives.

It also noted that Houthis have been harassing journalists since their leaders made threats against them few days ago and called on the Union of Arab Journalists, the International Federation of Journalists and other relevant organizations to voice solidarity with the Yemeni journalists who are subjected to a systematic war.

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