Houthis detain journalist, activists in Sanaa

Published January 30th, 2016 - 01:30 GMT
Sanaa is seeing an increase in the dangers for journalists. (AFP/File)
Sanaa is seeing an increase in the dangers for journalists. (AFP/File)

Reuters reports that Houthi gunmen raided an apartment complex and detained five activists and a journalist in Sanaa on Saturday.

The journalist, Nabil al-Sharabi, was an editor at Akhbar Al-Yom. In March, the Akhbar Al-Yom news office was attacked by Houthi rebels, and Sharabi and four other journalists were detained for a few hours. He reported to Human Rights Watch that he was forced to sign a document for the Houthis pledging to not "engage in any acts that opposed them."

Reuters further reports that the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate estimates at least 12 other journalists are still in Houthi captivity for allegedly sympathizing with embattled President Hadi.

This past week, Houthis arrested and later released three journalists working for Al Jazeera Arabic in Taiz.

The names and affiliation of the detained activists have not been released.


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