AT last two Yemen journalists who were detained for two years by Houthi rebels have been set free today, an NGO has said.
According to Anadolu Agency: “The two journalists were set free two years after being abducted in Dhamar, some 100 km south of Sanaa,” Hussein al-Sufi, head of the National Organization of Yemeni Media (SADA).
He said the two had never been charged since their detention.
According to al-Sufi, there are 13 other journalists still languishing in Houthi-run prisons in Yemen.
He went on to call on human rights groups and the Yemeni government to pile pressures on Houthis to free journalists held by the Shia group.
For the past four years, scores of journalists have been detained by Houthi rebels on charges of “communicating with foreign countries and supporting a Saudi-led coalition” fighting the group.
Yemen has remained in a state of civil war since 2014 when Houthi rebels overran Sanaa and much of the country.
The conflict escalated a year later when Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched a major air campaign aimed at reversing Houthi gains and shoring up Yemen's pro-Saudi administration.