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Houthi militias storm Yemeni newsroom in Sanaa, arrest journalists

Media sources confirmed that the station was closed and several of its employees were arrested without further explanation

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Houthi militias and forces loyal to ousted former president Ali Abdullah Saleh stormed the independent al-Saeeda newsroom in the capital Sanaa and arrested its general manager Mukhtar al-Qudsi, an Al Arabiya News Channel correspondent reported.

Media sources confirmed that the station was closed and several of its employees were arrested without further explanation.

Dozens of murders, abductions, disappearances, jailings and assaults add to a grim toll of more than 100 press freedom violations in Yemen in the first half of 2016, according to the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate.

The group identify the perpetrators as the Al Houthis and Saleh and claim they are responsible for the majority of press freedom violations.

An Arabic version of this article was first publied on AlArabiya.net.