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Houthi Rebels Carry Out Wave of Arrests in Yemen, Use Torture

© REUTERS / Mohamed al-SayaghiPro-Houthi protesters carry a Yemeni flag as they march during a demonstration against the U.S. and the U.N. Security Council in Sanaa February 20, 2015
Pro-Houthi protesters carry a Yemeni flag as they march during a demonstration against the U.S. and the U.N. Security Council in Sanaa February 20, 2015 - Sputnik International
Yemen's Houthi rebels have waged a vicious campaign against their opponents, involving the use of torture and kidnapping, a human rights watchdog said in a new report on Wednesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Yemen's Houthi rebels, the country's main opposition force, have carried out a brutal campaign against their political opponents, arbitrary arresting people, using torture and kidnappings, a human rights watchdog said in a new report on Wednesday.

People stand around damages made by a Saudi-led airstrike on a bridge in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Yemen has been left fragmented by war pitting Shiite Houthi rebels and military units loyal to a former president against a US-backed, Saudi-led coalition supporting the internationally recognized government. - Sputnik International
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The report by Amnesty International is based on 60 cases of arbitrary detention in several Yemeni cities under Houthi control, including the capital of Sanaa, conducted between December 2014 and March 2016.

"Houthi forces have presided over a brutal and deliberate campaign targeting their political opponents and other critics since December 2014. Hundreds of people have been rounded up and held without charge or trial, and in some cases they have been forcibly disappeared in flagrant violation of international law," James Lynch, the deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa Program at Amnesty International, was quoted as saying in the report.

Enforced disappearance is an abhorrent crime that cannot be justified under any circumstances, Lynch stressed.

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Yemen has been engulfed in an 18-month military conflict between the government, headed by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, and the Houthi rebels, which have been supported by army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

A coalition led by Saudi Arabia has been carrying out airstrikes on Houthi positions at Hadi's request since March 2015, causing hundreds of victims among civilian population.

The latest round of the UN-mediated talks in Kuwait, attempting to reconcile the Houthi rebels with Yemeni government Hadi, started on April 21.

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