Houthis launched an Abductions campaign prior to ceasefire in Hodeidah

Houthis launched an Abductions campaign prior to ceasefire in Hodeidah

Militants of the al-Houthi group have stepped up the kidnapping campaign against civilians since the Swedish agreement between the Yemeni parties last Thursday according to human rights sources in Hodeidah said Tuesday.

The sources said the Houthis raised the state of alert in the city under their control before entering the ceasefire agreement, dawn on Tuesday, and anyone who opposes the group became a target.

It noted that anyone must cooperate with the group and give the militants praise and commendation, despite escalating violations against civilians and the deployment of cannons in residential neighborhoods.

According to eyewitnesses, the Houthis kidnapped a civilian who was driving a motorcycle, tried to joke with them in good faith at one of their points.

An eyewitness reported that the Houthis were putting containers filled with dirt on top of each other by a crane, to close Sanaa Street near al-Amal Hospital.

He added that the driver of the bicycle was passing on their side and he said to them in a local dialect «wow you are building the second-floor” referring to the containers on top of each other”, then  Houthis kidnapped him immediately.

According to other witnesses, an elderly man was passing through a truck that emptied piles of dirt to be used as barricade, saying in a low voice, "hope it will hit by a missile", to be heard by a Houthi gunman, and then kidnapped him to an unknown location until the moment.

They explained that anyone who criticizes the Houthis is directly kidnapped.

Many observers questioned the Houthis ' signing of the prisoners ' file in Sweden's consultations, which ended last Thursday, and said the Houthis had provided a list of 7,500 names, while their previous list contained 1,800 names, and many of them were killed.

In his blog post on Facebook, Abdul Rahman Berman's lawyer said he was optimistic about the progress of the consultations in the prisoners ' file, but this hope and optimism quickly dissipated when al-Houthi introduced the so-called captive (the term captive in international conflicts) containing 7,500 names and he said "This is a very high number, which is evidence that Houthis have made a stumbling block to the implementation of the agreement,".

He added that the Houthis have embarked on a massive process of arrests in all provinces under their control to find new detainees, which threatens that the group will refill the detentions with the kidnapped and prosecute them for their captives who fall in the battles of the government forces.


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