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Yemeni PM says Houthis refuse international call to release detainees

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Newly recruited fighter holds a poster of the Houthi movements leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi
Newly recruited fighter holds a poster of the Houthi movements leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi

 Al Arabiya - Sanaa, 27 November 2017-- The Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr said on Sunday that the Houthi militia and fighters allied to ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh have rejected an initiative to release detainees from several parties without any conditions.

The initiative was put forward by the International Committee of the Red Cross’ president. Daghr said that this rejection “is a clear challenge to society and international organizations.”

The prime minister’s statements were made during his meeting with president of the Association of Mothers of the Kidnapped Oumat al-Salam al-Haj.

During this meeting, Daghr called on the international community to increase pressure on the militias to stop the arbitrary arrests of civilians and all those who disagreed with them, and to begin releasing innocent people.

He also condemned the torture crimes against detainees in militia prisons which led to the death of many of them.

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