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Militias Launch Campaign to Kidnap Civilians in Sa’ada | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Girls stand at the entrance to their tent at a camp for internally displaced people in the northwestern city of Sa’da, Yemen January 30, 2017. (Photo by Naif Rahma/Reuters)

Taiz – Saada Media Center announced on Sunday that Houthi and Saleh militias have commenced a campaign to kidnap citizens in Sakin and Razeh.

In its statement, the center mentioned that “militias have kidnapped the pharmacist Abdulsalam Mansour al-Natih in Sakin under the pretext of needing him to test some medicines and determine their quality and validation. They promised to return him but his parents are still trying to know his place until now.

Days earlier, Khalid Hussein al-Shami, Hayel Jaber Mahdi, Seif Ahmad al-Hatfi and Mohamamd Sharid Jaber from Razeh were kidnapped and taken to an anonymous destination. “These practices fall under the barbarism of Houthi militias amidst the silence and negligence of human rights organizations,” added the statement.

Militias are also carrying out kidnaps in Bayhan and the surrounding villages under the pretext of supporting the national army and Popular Resistance, as reported by the army-affiliated news website.

“More than 20 citizens were kidnapped from Bayhan and militias are refusing to release them. They are also preventing their parents from visiting or contacting them, not even friends or rights activists,” added the website.

In Maris, south Yemen, fierce conflicts took place between militias and the national army. Three insurgents were killed and others were injured in the exchange of artillery shelling.

Field sources reported that the national army artillery caused enormous human and material losses among the insurgent militias after targeting them during their attempt to sneak and restore liberated areas in Masloub.

Following Houthi and Saleh militias attempt to attack the house of a sheikh in Juban, 15 armed men were killed – members of the Popular Resistance obliged the militias to draw back.