The passengers transit area that has been transformed into the Bermuda Triangle. "Al-Masdar Online" traces the map of Houthi prisons in Dhamar (Special report)

The passengers transit area that has been transformed into the Bermuda Triangle.  "Al-Masdar Online" traces the map of Houthi prisons in Dhamar (Special report)

Nearly 3,000 abducted and forcibly hidden in the Houthi militia jails in Dhamar province, including 1668 abducted from the same province, until the end of last year 2018, according to reports from local organizations.

According to Human rights reports, the province of Dhamar, the second in the number of abductions and crimes of enforced disappearance practiced by the Houthi militias since its coup against legality and its invasion of the capital and governorates of Yemen on 21 September 2014.

With the increase in kidnapping and enforced disappearances, the militia's arrest as a precautionary measure to deter its opponents, and retaliation for punishing the opponents of the coup d'état, in addition to the fact that arrest and kidnapping are a good source of money paid as ransom for the release of detainees, the number of prisons that It was developed by militias in the city, along with police stations and existing detention centers have increased.

In this report, "Al-Masdar online" monitors a number of public and private prisons in Dhamar, and how they were transformed from a transit area linking south and central Yemen to Sana'a, to a main headquarters for the arrest and detention of key party, political and civil leaders, brutal torture and intentional homicide, and places to wash the minds of the forcibly hidden, and a place to damage them  physically and psychologically, in addition to terrorizing their relatives and looting their money and possessions.


Dhamar Media Center mentioned in statistics that there are more than 55 secret and public prisons in the city of Dhamar and its suburbs, as well as houses – there are no official statistics of the number-which became secret and temporary detention for opponents of the Houthi militias, with tens of prisons and public and private buildings in the directorates of the province that the coup group turned into places of detention and torture of the abductees and the group's opponents.

According to various sources in the province of Dhamar, talked to   "Al-Masdar online", security points stationed of militias in the main line are holding passengers to Marib and Hadramawt under the pretext of suspicion that they are connected to the forces of the legitimate government, and many of those who stop them after holding them for hours in Inspection points east of Dhamar, to the group prisons in the city.

According to sources, the rate of arrest and kidnapping of passengers is on the rise, with the Houthi militia tightening its security measures at  Abu Hashim and Abu Ahmed checkpoints in Sanaban and Rada’a, and other points, and arresting more than 30 citizens daily, as well as dozens of families that prevented by the militias from crossing into the areas Liberated and force them to return to Dhamar.

There are no official statistics on the number of abductees in Dhamar from outside the province, while the abducted children have reached 1668 according to the Human Rights Commission until the end of 2018, including those released in an exchange deals or with ransom, in addition to dozens of forcibly hidden persons and detainees whose arrests have not been monitored Since the beginning of this year.

Public prisons. Places of brutal torture

1. Central Prison (Dhamar Correctional Centre)

Approximately 840 criminal and other prisoners are in Dhamar Correctional Facility Prison , but over the past two years it has become the busiest prison, having been transformed by militias into a major detainee for passengers abducted from armed group checkpoints while trying passage from the general line towards areas under the control of the legitimate government, on various charges, notably joining the military and resistance in Marib, or belonging to the southern regions, and Taiz province in particular.

According to the statistics, the prison is four times as crowded as its capacity, most of them young, abducted at checkpoints, or opponents from the province, who have been charged with fabricated charges by militias without any trial.

There are no fixed figures for the number of abductees and detainees in the central prison, where dozens of abductees and detainees are received daily in prison, according to a prison staff member.

The prison has a psychiatric clinic for the mentally ill, which today is the most important psychological torture center for abductees.

Hundreds of abductees are crammed into three rooms dedicated to the mentally ill, with scarce toilets, lack of food and water contamination, harsh treatment, forced shouting of the Houthi Slogans, or being thrown into solitary cells.

The juvenile prison (an annex to the Central Prison) includes a number of under-age prisoners, before the Houthis controlled the state institutions, but currently abducted young people, children and relatives of anti-group members, or travelling with their families, to the liberated areas.

In addition, dozens of juveniles and minors are being placed among criminal prisoners by militias, in clear violation of children's rights and endangerment of prisoners, in addition to the harsh treatment inflicted on them by the group's militants.

Late last year 2018, the juvenile prison was expanded to accommodate more children, the Houthis trying to wash their minds and mobilize them with the sectarian ideas of the group, so that they could then attach some of them to the battlefronts.

Prisoners and abductees in Dhamar Correctional Facility in general, the mental institution and juveniles in particular, live in tragic conditions, deprived of basic human rights such as visitation and medical service, thus facilitating the spread of skin and infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and scabies.

The brother of one of the passengers reported that the militias detained his brother, while travelling to Saudi Arabia, to work, before stopping him at Abu Hashem Point west of Dhamar city in December late last year and transferring him to the central prison.

"The al-Houthi group contacted them 23 days after they kidnapped his brother and told them that they were the ones who were trying to travel to Marib, demanding the transfer of money to their detained brother for rehabilitation in the central prison," he told al-Masdar online.

He noted that the militias allowed their brother to speak by telephone, and asked them to transfer money, so that he could buy a cure for the skin irritation he had received in prison, and the value of the food provided for 1500 riyals per day.

He explained that they were able to remove their brother from al-Houthi prison in Dhamar, mid-February, by paying 5,000 Saudi riyals handed over to a Houthi leader from their relatives in Dhamar.

The al-Houthi group, represented by the leader of Houthi, Mohammad Hussein al-Ghurabbani (Abu Zakaria), who is in charge of the prison warden, accuses the perpetrators of various crimes against the kidnapped and imprisoned, not least, the execution of a kidnapped Mohammed Abdallah al-Shater (25 years old), which militia claimed that he committed suicide in January .

2. Political security Prison

The political security prison, located in “Al-Manzal”district south of Dhamar one of the most important and dangerous prisons belonging to Houthis in Dhamar province.

Those abducted and forcibly concealed are subjected to brutal torture, with scores of those subjected to brutal torture, enforced disappearance, denial of visits, the majority of abductees categorized by militias as "ISIS militants ", and military, partisan or political leaders posing a threat that may threaten the group in the province and neighboring provinces.

The prison includes dozens of abductees from other governorates, who are deported weekly, so there are no fixed figures for the number of abductees and hidden persons in the political security prison, and about 235 abducted and forcibly imprisoned in mid of last year in the  prison, according to a source of Human rights for the "Al-Masdar online ".

Dr. Mounir Mohamed al-Mashreqi, photographed the serious burns extended throughout the upper part of his body to his head, outlines some of the brutal and criminal torture of the abductees in the political security prison.

The Houthi militia used the torture of Dr. Al-Mashreqi, acid and other incendiary substances, as well as ironing with fire and burning parts of his face, hands and legs with fire and chemical materials. From the severity of the torture he suffered in political security, he fainted, and his torturers thought he was dead, throwing him in a vacant reef on the outskirts of the city.

Al- Mashreqi body uncovered the brutality of the practices of the Houthi group and presented a picture of some of the atrocities occurring inside the secret prisons of Dhamar, after he arrived to  the city of Marib in July last year.

According to the testimonies of the kidnappers, al-Houthi leader Abu Abdulmalik al-sharafi from  Jahran Rasaba, is responsible for the torture and abuses in the political security prison, with another supervisor of the prison named Amin el-Roshdy from the area of Jabal AL-Sahrq- Anes directorate.

Amat Al-Salam Al-Hajj, the president of the Association of Mothers of abductees and forcibly hidden persons, asserts that the al-Houthi group is carrying out criminality in its prisons, especially in Dhamar province, " amounts to war crimes."

In a special statement to the Al-Masdar online, al-Hajj added that the biggest evidence of the Houthis ' criminality against those abducted in secret or official prisons, as well as in other prisons, is "victims who leave these prisons dead bodies or remain for a short time and die as a result of torture and neglect of pathological conditions and the spread diseases in prisons».

The President of the Association of abductees Mothers referred to tuberculosis as "the most serious disease that kills the abductees, so the association of Mothers of abductees and forcibly hidden women holds the al-Houthi group responsible for the lives of our beloved children".

3. Criminal investigation Prison

The prison is located next to the Department of Criminal investigation in the eastern province of the city on the city's residential road and consists of narrow concrete hangers consisting of several ground rooms, where dozens of abductees and passengers are held.

The abductees are investigated in the Security department building, which is adjacent to the prison, where the abductees are physically tortured, beaten with sticks, rifle butts, ironing with fire, suspension in the air and waterboarding to the latest means of physical torture.

The militias also deprive the kidnapped people of food, subject them to lengthy interrogation sessions and prevent sleep, until they obtain written confessions of belonging to the popular resistance or that they intend to go to join the legitimate government army in Marib, or that they have contributed to the marking targets by giving  the coordinates , or to the recognition the destination to go and the way of travel and accomplices with the kidnapper.

After investigations and torture, the abductees are deported to other prisons, as classified by the militias, including those who go to the central prison, and others to political security.

The prison is run by Houthi leader Mohammed al-Khatib (Abu Sakhr, from Ibb) and supervised by another leader of the sons of Rasaba -Jahran ' Abdul Aziz Khairan (Abu Nasr). The one  oversees the torture of the abductees, a senior leader from the Directorate of Ans, Hamid Naji Omran, investgation officer and director of anti-narcotics, who is called Jabr al-Asri (Abu Abdul Malik).

Police stations

Houthi militias, police stations and departments in the city of Dhamar, have turned into detention centers for abductees and forcibly hidden persons, places of detention, torture, and supressing the group's opponents, or who are believed to pose even a slight danger to the members of the group.

"The Houthi criminal militias have transformed the police departments from a tool to extend security and tranquility to the province into a dirty tool," said Brigadier General Dr. Adel Tamah,  legitimacy chief of police in Dhamar province. to spread fear and panic among the citizens and to chase their opponents and put them in temporary places of detention in those stations that turned into prisons outside the framework of the law.  "

He added in a special statement to Al-Masdar online:  "It is very unfortunate that the Houthi-coup militias have transformed Dhamar and other provinces that are still under their control into large prisons, through their repressive and racist practices against the people, by silencing the mouths, threats, stalking Citizens sometimes, kidnapping and restricting liberties.

Brigadier Tamah said the militias exploited "their control over police facilities and mechanisms and their influence on some members of the police service who sold the honor of the profession in exchange for crumbs of looted money in Dhamar province to be used to terrorize, torture and humiliate citizens."

The director of the Dhamar police said that by communicating with some of the released abductees, "We have received painful information about the suffering of those abducted from all sorts of psychological and physical torture that resulted in many of them having mental illnesses and neurological cramps, as well as serious and contagious physical diseases that have recently spread among the inmates of those prisons. "

He drew attention to a systematic replacement by militias in the police force, where qualified police graduates are replaced by Houthi leaders "unrelated to security work and nothing in the field of rights and freedoms and granted him the rank of brigadier general and entrusted with the task of security management", in addition to the marginalization of all chiefs of police departments Qualified, or replaced, " by unqualified group  supervisors do not understand anything in the law and do not know the simplest requirements for security and police work."

Under the control of the Houthis, police stations became the hideouts of kidnapping, intimidation, torture and trafficking in the freedom and life of the abductees, including the following:

1. Al-Wahda Prison

Al-Wahda Prison, east of the lower residential town of Dhamar, on the road of Al-Hada Directorate , a police department, has been transformed by militias into a prison for the trafficking of abductees and detainees, especially opponents of the coup d'état politically or activists and writers who reject the dominance of militias.

The militias carry out the most severe forms of psychological torture against the abductees and the extortion of their relatives with the fate of their children.

Mohammed al-Waashei, director general of the Information and Public Relations Bureau, said that the militias tortured the kidnapped people in the al-Wahda prison in a different way, where the abductees were taken late in the night to valleys and places without residents, tortured and beaten there, and then returned to the Wahda station.

Al- Waashei added in a special statement to aL-Masdar online «they kidnapped me to the prison of Al-Wahda and they released me only after the mediation and many people intervened, and the militias demanded a ransom of 500,000 riyals, but then the prison supervisor Abu Ali Yahya al-Daylami, saw that the financial situation of my family did not allow a large amount, I have been released for 70,000 riyals».

Several media reports spoke of other trafficking cases, the freedom and lives of the abductees in al-Wahda prison, of which the Houthis had reaped millions of riyals, by forcing the kidnapped people to pay them through a mediations of mostly pro-coup groups. The prison is currently supervised by Houthi leader Abu Saqr Amer, from the Directorate of Jabal al-Sharq Anes.

2. Southern Region Prison

The Southern District, located next to the Vocational Institute, is on the al-Manzil Street, south of the city, and is one of the most important detention centers for Houthi militias, where those convicted of criminal offences are arrested and investigated before being transferred to the main prisons.

Al-Houthi, supervisor of the prison, Abu Talib al-Ansi, from the Directorate of Anes, is responsible for extortion of detainees and the dismissal of charges and evidence against them by his colleagues who carried out the abductions, in return for substantial sums of money, to conceal the evidence they condemn, or to release them after they tell that the charges of insufficient documentation and witnesses.

Anyone suspected of being in opposition to the Houthi group and its sectarian beliefs or mocking its military and religious leaders and authorities in Iran and Lebanon, is also detained in prison.

3. Al Gharbia Prison

It overlooks the Western Ring road, west of Dhamar City in the neighborhood of al-Ghadra, next to Imam AL-Shawkani mosque and overseen by Houthi leader Mohsen Luqman.

According to the wife of one of the abductees, the prison is dedicated to the staff and members of Islah party in  Dhamar who have no pro-legitimacy activity or association with the resistance, which is the case of her husband who was abducted from his home, while leaving the house in the direction of the commercial center of Dhamar City.

According to the kidnapped wife who told Al-Masdar  online, the militias occasionally allow her husband to communicate, and one of their relatives has been able to visit him in prison, check his health, see his situation, and other prisoners who are in Islah party  the only charge the Houthis arrest for .

The militias also detain many influential social figures in society and leaders of the Congress party, even though they have not made any practices or demonstrated hostile or anti-militia positions.

4. Prison «al-Ghabara»

is a police department that has been transformed by militias into a detaining center to practice psychologically and physically torture and violates the dignity and inviolability of the abductees.

The prison is located northwest of Dhamar City and is supervised by Houthi leader Abu Younis of Wadi al-Har, Maghreb- Anes. The prison was notorious for the trauma of many psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia, neurological seizures and highly prevalent epilepsy diseases.

Released Kidnapped have revealed that these diseases have increased recently, forcing the prison administration to hire abductees and others outside the prison to control the situation.

5. Eastern Prison

Sources in the popular resistance indicated that many of the abductees were detained by militias in small rooms in the station , and occasionally subjected to torture and interrogation.

Activists told Al-Masdar online that the deaths of abductees were monitored in prison, and the militias forced the deceased abducted people to remain silent and not to publish details of what their relatives had been subjected to in the media, as well as to request money for the surrender of the body of one of the abductees.

The prison is supervised  by Houthi leader named Yusuf al-Al-Wammas, Abu Asim al-Wammas, from Dhawran- Anes.

Newly and secret prisons:

The press and media community in Yemen, and on the afternoon of Thursday 21 May 2015, was shocked by one of the most heinous crimes in which the Houthi militia used the kidnapped as a human shield to protect the weapons depots hidden in the seismic building in Harran Mount, north of Dhamar city, central Yemen.

Yusuf al-'izri Abdullah, who was martyred with others, most notably the leader of the Islah party, Amin al-Rajawy, in an air raid of the Saudi Arabian coalition, targeting a military arsenal of militias, but it let down the curtain on hundreds of buildings government and private, which the Houthi group turned into secret prisons and torture factories to break the will of Yemenis.

1. Harrnn Prison

The prison of Harrnn is not a single prison but several buildings formerly known as the Harrnn Park, which consists of several buildings and facilities that were transformed by the Houthi militias into secret detention camps and prisons for the abductees, after they closed the garden doors to visitors in early 2015.

At the top of the Harrnn mountain was the building of the seismic center, which was used by the militias as a weapons depot and in which a number of abductees were placed as human shields, causing the martyrdom of journalists Abdallah Qabel and Yusuf al-'izri.

In its report, Human Rights Watch revealed 12 bodies recovered from the prison site bombed by the Arab Alliance air raid in May 2015. Among them are the bodies of the two journalists Qabel and Yusuf al-'izri.

A report of the Arab Organization for Human Rights, based in London, noted that one of the leading victims of the Islah party was Amin al-Rajawy, whose body was found with journalists, as well as two doctors and a Salafist activist.

According to witnesses, the militias were holding some 73 abductees in Harran Monitoring center and other facilities.

A number of abductees who survived the aerial bombardment of the seismic Monitoring center recounted painful testimonies of a horrific massacre, scenes of blood and body fragments mixed with the stones of the destroyed building, and boxes of weapons and ammunition scattered at the target location.

The shelling that killed al-'izri and Qabel the reason for the liberation of some of the kidnapped, including the Uncle of the journalist Mohammed al-Dhabyany, who told his testimony of his uncle, in an article on the Al-Jazerah website published in mid-2017, on that painful scene, and the fact that the Houthi militias used kidnapped as human shields.

According to information obtained from private sources, the Houthi leader from the village of Zarjah, al-Hadda district, Abu Abdulmalik Mutahar, continues to run secret prisons in other buildings in Harran Park, the first suspect in the killing of the abducted people killed in the aerial bombardment of the "Harran massacre".

2-Shona Prison (slaughterhouse of the kidnapped)

Houthi militias have created the "Shona" prison or preventive security as the Houthis call it, to discredit their opponents who classify them more dangerous.

The prison is a grave yard "ground tanks" for cereals and seeds, in Ma’bar city next to  the city's security department, used in the past to preserve the quantities of agricultural crops collected from the citizens under the “Zakah” clause, but since the control of the Houthis, it has become a human slaughterhouse where the group exercises the most severe means of torture and humiliation of those abducted and forcibly concealed.

The detainee is made up of several ground hangers (8 hangers), rising between four and three meters, whose roof is reinforced concrete, with small ventilation holes on top, and only one toilet for all hangers.

According to journalist Abdullah al-Munaifi, the Shona prison is a slaughterhouse for the abductees, citing the torture inflicted on the abductees there, as well as the beatings, suspension and ironing with fire.

Al-Munaifi spoke about his abduction by Houthi militia in February 2016 and his transfer to the shona prison at Ma’bar, and the practice of torture against him by militias and other abductees to be heard screaming.

Speaking to Al-Masdar online, al-Munaifi, who spent two years and two months in al-Houthi prisons for two nights in Hell, said the detention in that hangers itself was torture, how about beating, electricity, suspension, traction, starvation, and dirty water that was not suitable for animals.

A previous report by the SAM Organization for Rights and Freedoms referred to a previous kidnapped prison testimony called Murad, in which he explained, "when the victim is transferred from the group's prisons in Dhamar city, to a prison of expressive duties in Ma’bar, he faced  illusion of being executed somewhere, others illusion that he will be thrown out of the military vehicle at maximum speed Some illusion that he would be thrown out of the towering, and the gunmen exchanged words to suggest that they would kill the victim, but when the victim asked for water, they would tell him that they were going to take the urine, and he would have told someone to pee so the victim drink. "

The prison is supervised by several Houthi supervisors, including Abu Hamza al-Sharafi, who is also deputy director of political security in Dhamar Province, and a leader named Abu Sadiq.

3-Community College

The community college located outside the city of Dhamar (5 km) in the direction of Sana'a consists of buildings and campounds collected by a high wall and a large main gate, as well as sub-gates.

The manifestations of science and order are no longer present at the community college, and the traveler on the Sanaa-Taiz line sees buildings parked as ruins devoid of everything but horror, fear and bad, which are visible even on their walls.

At night, the situation is changing, screaming and howling are heard from inside the college, and militia vehicles are also active, back and forth, to and from the college, forcibly transporting abducted and concealed people under the cover of darkness.

The militias have allocated the community college to the abducted and forcibly hidden members of Taiz, Ibb and the southern governorates, as well as abducted Dhamar children.

Classrooms and basements on the ground floor of the college are notorious detention centers for abductees – the Houthis have already closed their windows with cement, bricks and timber – while the top floors  have been assigned for the investigation and torture.

The Houthi militias use the faculty's tools and laboratories to torture the abductees and to represent their bodies with fire and incendiary materials such as acid, beatings, deprivation of sleep and food.

Late January, "Al-Masdar online" published a report on the spread of tuberculosis in al-Houthi prison at the community college and the death of a prisoner called Hilal al-Jarf.

Subsequently, the Association of Mothers of abductees and forcibly hidden women, Taiz branch, sent an appeal letter to the UN envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths, in which she confirmed the spread of tuberculosis and other skin diseases in the kidnapped at community college prison.

According to the association, the Houthi militias are holding 61 abductees from Taiz province "deprived of their human rights, especially health care".

In its message at the time – Al-Masdar online received a copy – the association reported the death of a number of abducted victims of tuberculosis and neglect of specialized health care in this prison including «journalist Anwar al-Roken, Mohammed Thabet al-Muzarea, and also a week ago Hilal al-Jarf died.

According to the letter of the association's branch in Taiz, 17 abductees in their lives threatened with death "infected with tuberculosis", demanding  Griffiths to intervene and save the lives of the abductees.

Military aircraft previously targeted one of the buildings of the community college.

4-Dhamar Sports stadium

The sports stadium and the only stadium in Dhamar city, which was transformed into the Military operations center of the Houthi militias and the headquarters of the human and military supply of the fronts.

In addition, the ground warehouses and the rooms under the stadium are crowded with hundreds of abductees and hidden persons, as well as army prisoners transported by militias from the al-Dale, Damt and Al-Baydha fronts and hiding them in those rooms and warehouses, which were formerly leased to a merchant as warehouses.

In another part of the sports stadium, Houthi militias are active in the printing of the Notes, slogans and sectarian signs, using the presses of the University of Dhamar, which were looted by militias in late 2015 and are now using them to spread the culture of hatred and the ideas of destruction and devastation.

5. Ayshan clinic

"Ayshan " clinic  is located outside the city of Dhamar, towards the west, on the road (Husseinieh-Hodeidah) and is 7 km away from the city.

The building  consists of two floors with ground-floor and a yard, and the militias, after control, created a nearby checkpoint, while removing the windows and filling them with cement and block.

The clinic is a secret prison for opposition members of the group, including political and community activists from the western areas of the Directorate, especially the Sons of Otmah and Wesabeen.

6. National Security Prison

Houthi militias have created a prison under the name of national security in the area of Rasaba.

The prison was a former cattle farm, which has transformed its hangers into a secret detention facility for accused persons of treason, as well as a number of abducted and forcibly hidden persons.

There is no information on the prison, nor on the abductees, where the militias are largely reticent about it, and we have not been able to meet anyone who was being held inside.

7. Local council Prison

The local council building in the city of Dhamar, overlooking Al-Tawoon  street near al-Amoudi cemetery, turned the ground floor into secret basements for detainees from the group's opponents.

In the basements of the local council, militias detain dozens of citizens who have been led by fate and disagreement over land and property to invoke the group’s supervisors and officials in the city.

Militia commanders impose customary provisions to separate litigants, pecuniary fines for arbitration, and if one of the litigants refuses to rule or insinuated his appeal through the courts, he is thrown in a basement of several floor rooms in the council, some of which were formerly commercial shops. In the prison, youths from the province are detained by false charges and they release them after paying large sums of money and signing a written commitment not to oppose the group or its leaders in anyway.

8. Training Centre Prison

The Republican Guard training camp, west of Dhamar City, is also a place to detain and torture scores of political abductees and opinion-makers from various governorates.

Houthi militias use the abductees as a  human shields to protect the camp and militias from the strikes of the Arab alliance, where militia rallies and hangers were previously targeted at the camp in early 2017.

According to the information, the Houthi militias continue to use the camp to train their personnel, as well as to store quantities of weapons and ammunition in the vicinity of the hangar, in which the abductees are continuously detained and tortured.

Secret prisons have no presence on  the map

The  previously mentioned are not  the only prisons that the Houthis established and detains in the abductees and the hidden ones, the information and testimonies of the released abductees indicate a large secrecy by the militias even with the abductees.

The kidnapped writer Dr. Mahmoud al-Ghaberi recounted the incident of his abduction by Houthi militia in late 2015, as he was passing through the Baradoni Library in the center of the city.

He adds to Masdar Online «I was kidnapped on a vehicle that has no painting, and after they tied my hand to back and feet the vehicle moved next to the central prison correctional, then they tied my eyes and moved the vehicle long distance I felt that we are heading out of town».

Al-Ghaberi pointed that he was dragged from the vehicle and  placed him in a place closed-eyed and tied hands and feet, and tortured with  fire and beatings for three days, continuous, before the militias returned to drag him approximately 20 meters away and placed on the Houthi vehicle.

The kidnapped explained the details of the abduction: "they me on the vehicle  and move to different places, until they confused me, then I was taken away from the vehicle after opening my eyes and I am still handcuffed and feet, in the Qa’a Jahran Valley next to the agricultural research area."

The militias use dozens of houses as secret prisons, especially those that they have taken control of and that were owned by their opponents who were abducted or forcibly displaced to areas of legitimate government control.

One of those prisons--according to sources--is run by a person from Sa'dah, Saleh Khreem, Abu Nassar, which is dedicated to arresting smugglers, drug dealers, sons of leaders, officials and wealthy merchants in particular, and there is no information on what is happening inside the prison of the practices or the militia's extortion against detainees. The abducted are children of merchants and officials, and it is difficult to determine their whereabouts.

Prisons in the province countryside

The Houthi militias in each of the Dhamar directorates have a secret prison — a large house, which is transformed by militias into a place for a temporary detention of abductees — in addition to the official prisons of the Interior ministry and the Directorate's security departments.

One of those prisons is the prison  of “al-Marda’a" in Al-Hada district of Dhamar, east of the city, an old and famous prison that was taken by Imam Ahmed as a prison to deter tribes. Al- Marda’a is supervised by a Houthi leader named Abu Walid Halami.

Thi Sahr Prison is west of Dhamar City, a very old building located west of the city in the village of Maghreb Ans.

There are also secret prisons in Al-Mahfadha  Directorate, as well as police and interior ministry prisons there, which have also become a place to trade the lives and freedom of the abductees, but they are not as much the same as in the city and the secret prisons in it and its suburbs.

There are several camps and government buildings in Dhamar, including the Central security camp on the Sana'a road, the administrative base, the Republican Guard school and other sites, where information indicates that militias use some of the facilities as secret prisons or places of enforced disappearance.

It should be noted that what has been monitored and referenced in this report is an attempt to provide a picture of the prisons developed by the Houthis, most of which are in the city of Dhamar, but not all militia prisons, where any leader of the group or its followers can establish a special prison for anyone who disagrees with his opinion, after all scenes of public life and the remainder of law and State institutions.


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