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Shocking stories told by the edited journalists about torture in the prisons of the Houthi militia

The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate and the Yemeni National Media Organization “Sada” today, Thursday, organized a hearing session for freed journalists from the prisons of the Houthi militia.

In the hearing, which was attended by the “Sahwa Net” reporter, the five journalists reviewed the crimes that the Houthi militia committed against them and their colleagues, from their abduction to the last moments that they were freed in the exchange deal in mid-October.

This is the first time that the edited journalists have spoken to the media, as a result of their poor health and mental health as well.

Armored vehicles, machine guns and missiles

Journalist Issam Belghith recounted the story of his kidnapping with his colleagues and the way the militia dealt with them.

He added that dozens of armed men stormed the room they were in, armed with light and medium weapons and launchers RBGShoulder rockets, armored cars and crews carrying dozens of militants on board.

He added that the gunmen prevented journalists from speaking and moving in the room, pointing their weapons towards their heads, as they described them as agents, criminals and child killers.

Belghith added, we were withdrawn in a humiliating manner with beatings. Before that, everything, equipment, phones and clothes were confiscated, indicating that the raid was at the end of the night.

He said, “They took us out in a humiliating manner, pushing us and pulling us from the hotel. When we got out of the room, we were surprised by the size of the gunmen deployed inside the hotel, on the stairs and outside it, as well as the number of armored vehicles, military cars and armored cars, and the gunmen had cut off the street from the movement of cars.”

Journalist Essam Belghith’s talk focused on the psychological pressure exerted by militias on journalists, especially since their abduction came after 19 One day, the two journalists, Abdullah Kabel and Youssef Al-Eizari, were placed in weapons depots in Jabal Harran, Dhamar, and were targeted by the Arab coalition aircraft.

He added that after three months of his kidnapping and enforced disappearance, his father and mother visited him to prison, but he was also surprised at the number of gunmen who were next to them and accompanied them until the visit ended.

Belghith indicated that he was shocked to see the gunmen next to his parents during the visit, noting that he and his colleagues were trying to appear strong in front of their families, and that they were beaten in front of their families to humiliate them and their families.

27 Prison and cell

For his part, journalist Hisham Al-Yousifi said that the total number of prisons and cells that the kidnapped journalists are transported between during the period of their abduction reached 27 Prison and cell, starting from Al-Hasbah Prison and Al-Ahmar Police Department and ending at the Central Security Camp Prison before their liberation, indicating that the longest period they spent in the Political Security Prison where they spent 1592 Days.

Most of those cells are very narrow and overcrowded. The number of kidnappers and prisoners in one cell reaches 30 People who were unable to breathe, in addition to the absence of toilets, and if any, there was no water.

Regarding the state of eating and drinking, Al-Yousifi stressed that food cannot even be eaten or smelled by animals, in addition to very large contamination of water, which forced them to stop drinking unless necessary, after filtering it in a traditional way with pieces of their clothes.

Washing and dressing clothes

As for the cleanliness of the clothes, they were washing and wearing at the same time because there was no clothes left. Militias were prevented from bringing them clothes.

He pointed out that the militias were deliberately punishing them in the individual cells 2 * 1M and they stayed in one of the investigations about 15 One day, each of them is in a solitary cell.

Al-Yousfi added three months before their liberation, the sewage overflowed and the water reached the basement of the Political Security prison in which they were, noting that they were returned to the basement after only two hours, and the rest of the water and its smell still filled the place, and they stayed there until the exchange deal was concluded.

Reporters health status

Journalist Haitham Al-Shehab spoke about the diseases they suffered during the period of their kidnapping in militia prisons, and that the journalists’ health condition had greatly deteriorated, and the militias did not provide them with medicines or allow them to enter.

He added that due to poor nutrition, ventilation, lack of exposure to the sun, poor prison and lack of hygiene, all of these reasons led to a deterioration in the health of journalists, and their disease of the heart, lungs, almonds, rheumatism, chronic diseases, infections of the chest and joints, hemorrhoids, skin diseases and other diseases.

Corona symptoms
He pointed out that they had a severe headache, the inability to breathe, and a cough, which later turned out to be symptoms of Corona, adding that the only place in the world that was not aware of the existence of the Corona epidemic was the Political Security prison in Sana’a.

Since the release of the two kidnapped journalists in mid-October, the condition of the journalist Hisham Tarmoum has deteriorated, and he was treated four times, and it was found that he had an enlarged heart muscles, and Issam Balghith was also rescued after his health deteriorated days ago and suffered from severe weakness in the vision in his left eye, and during his reception at Seiyun airport. Journalist Haitham Al-Shehab fell, as did Hassan Enab and Hisham Al-Yousifi.

Journalist Hisham Tarmoom spoke about the general situation of the kidnappers, warning of the deterioration of the health of the rest of the four colleagues who are still in the militia’s prisons.

He confirmed that they were subjected to physical and psychological torture for five and a half years, starting from the time the hotel room was raided until the moments when they boarded the plane during the exchange.

Tarmoom confirmed that they were subjected to physical and psychological torture and were prevented at some point from even talking and pointing, and they were threatened with liquidation, directing weapons towards them, and threatening to place them as targets for coalition aircraft in the weapons depots.

He stressed that they were surprised during their liberation that they were exchanged for murderers and criminals, stressing that the journalists are not guilty and it is not permissible to exchange them with prisoners and criminals.

Night pen .. and the color of the liver

In his review of what happened to him in prison, journalist Hassan Annab burst into tears when he recalled the situation of his news of the death of his mother while he was in the kidnapping. He was hoping to cast her a farewell look.

Colleague Hassan Ennab gave this name “Night of the Pen” on one of the nights that the prison was searched and the militias found with him the remnants of the pen “only the tube.”

He was beaten with clubs and sticks while he was hanging until his back turned into a piece of flesh from the severity of the beatings and bleeding. Annab says, “One of the soldiers took pity on him and whispered in his ear,” Say it was I who gave you the pen “to save him from the torture, but he responded to him as usual and tolerance” and you are what Your fault. “

A whole night and the colleague Enab was beaten with sticks, wires and truncheons, by Yahya Saree and a group of gunmen, and his crime was that they found a pen with him, “my back turned into a piece of liver,” Annab says.

25 One day in the “pressure”

Yahya Saree was tired of the beating and his gang, so he decided to turn my colleague Enab to pressure, which is a 1 * 1, very dark room and there is no ventilation, and he stayed in it for about a month. “I could not sleep because of the lack of oxygen and I could not even see my hand,” says colleague Annab .

Hit singly and collectively

In prison, the journalists were beaten collectively and individually. Issam Belghith says that one night they were collectively beaten with sticks, wires and batons. A group of human monsters took turns to hit them, and the sticks were broken on their backs and exchanged more than five times. And their flogging, pleasure and enjoyment of their torture, and the reason is what he hears in terms of solidarity and talk about militia crimes against journalists and the world’s condemnation of these crimes.

The hand of the jailer was exhausted, and the journalists were not defeated, and they neither settled nor compromised nor submitted to the desires of the militia gunmen, their tyranny, their hatred and their crime.

Five and a half years of the Houthi militia’s crimes against the kidnappers as a whole and the journalists in particular, not guilty except that they were the exact truth and reported the militia’s crimes against the Yemenis.

The editors say that the government and organizations should take action to save the rest of the journalists because they are in poor health, especially Tawfiq Al-Mansouri, who suffers from several diseases, and Harith Hamid, who gradually loses his vision, and Abdel Khaleq Omran, who suffers from acute stomach inflammation, and Akram Al-Walidi, who suffers from a disease In the heart, time can no longer tolerate delay.

| Sahwa Net


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