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Yemen rebels detain activists, journalist in Sanaa

Yemeni Security Officials Say Shiite Rebels Have Detained A Number Of Activists And Critics Including A Local Journalist In The Capital, Sanaa.

PTI | Updated on: 30 Jan 2016, 08:28:49 PM


Yemeni security officials say Shiite rebels have detained a number of activists and critics including a local journalist in the capital, Sanaa.

Today’s detentions come shortly after the rebels, known as Houthis, released three Al-Jazeera journalists they kidnapped in the western city of Taiz.

Speaking anonymously in line with regulations, the officials said the detentions are part of a Houthi crackdown on activists and journalists. The officials remain neutral in the conflict that has splintered Yemen.

Yemen has been embroiled in fighting since the Houthis allied with a former president captured large swaths of the country, including Sanaa, over a year ago.

The UN says the war has killed over 5,800 people since March, when a Saudi-led coalition backing the internationally recognised government began launching airstrikes targeting the rebels.

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First Published : 30 Jan 2016, 08:27:00 PM