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Yemeni foreign minister Abdul Malik Al Mekhlafi. Reuters

Aden, Algeria- Yemeni Human Rights Ministry has said that over 70 Yemeni abductees were killed under brutal torture inside prisons run by the Houthi-Saleh militias.

In a statement, the ministry condemned the prosecution of 36 professors, activists and media professionals in an invalid court, which did not adhere to any legal proceedings.

It said that the prosecution of 36 abductees confirms that the Houthi-Saleh militias continue violating laws, international treaties and conventions.

The second hearing of prosecuting 36 civilians, who were kidnapped from their universities and homes, was held Thursday in Sana’a.

The ministry noted that civilians were unlawfully arrested, detained and subjected to all sorts of torture for two years, and many of them are still detained, forcefully disappeared and subjected to mistreatment.

The ministry called on local and international organizations to promptly move forward and put pressure on the militias to release all abductees and stop all sorts of torture practiced against them.

It described the trials as a farce since the insurgents sentence the detainees to death ten minutes after the beginning of the hearing session in which the judge refuses to document the statements of the abductees or consider their cases.

The Human Rights Ministry called on all international and regional parties to work fast, put pressure on the militias to release the abductees and halt all the heinous practices carried out by them.

On the other hand, the Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Abdulmalik al-Mekhlafi confirmed that the Yemeni government does not seek excluding any party but refuses to use weapons against the state.

During his meeting with his Algerian counterpart Abdul Qadir Musahi on Sunday in Algeria, Mekhlafi stressed that Houthi-Saleh militias have turned against several agreements, including the Gulf Initiative and its long-standing executive mechanism, which guaranteed a safe transition to power in Yemen.

The two parties discussed during their meeting in the headquarters of the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs bilateral cooperation issues in the framework of the Yemeni-Algerian joint ministerial committee and the scholarships offered by the Algerian side to Yemen in the academic aspect.