Report Details Horror of UAE Torture Chambers in Yemen

August 13, 2018

A deserted cell in the public section of Aden Central Prison (Photo by AP)
A deserted cell in the public section of Aden Central Prison (Photo by AP)
Over 49 detainees have been tortured to death in clandestine prisons run by the UAE in southern Yemen where brutal interrogation techniques, including physical and psychological torture, are used by Emirati forces, a report says.

The report provided by Yemeni military figures, who worked with the Saudi-led war coalition against Yemen, and obtained by Al Jazeera revealed that detainees in UAE-run jails in southern Yemen were subjected to sexual abuse by Emirati army personnel and their Yemeni surrogates.

The forces subjected the inmates to rape and electrocution in the genitals, chest and armpits, it said, adding some prisoners were physically assaulted and insulted while being hung in midair.

The sources also recounted other examples of horrors in the UAE-controlled prisons, saying electric cables were used alongside wooden bats and steel poles during interrogation sessions.

Some of the detainees were subjected to sleep deprivation while being confined to narrow spaces with poor hygienic conditions and limited air ventilation, according to the report.

This form of torture was accompanied for some of the inmates by sessions where their skins were lashed with whips and their injuries were subsequently covered in salt. Others, it said, had industrial nails inserted into their fingers and toenails.

According to the report, more than 49 people were tortured to death and five gravesites were used to bury the deceased.
The number of UAE-run secret prisons, according to the report obtained by Al Jazeera, is 27, including sites in Hadramout, Aden, Socotra, Mayyun Island, as well as a facility in Eritrea where the UAE maintains a military base.

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Report: Mass torture in network of UAE-run prisons in south Yemen

Mass Torture in Network of UAE-Run Prisons in South Yemen

A report obtained by Al Jazeera reveals the existence of 27 sites used to torture and sexually abuse Yemeni detainees.

A deserted cell in the public section of Aden Central Prison [File: Maad El Zikry/AP Photo]
A deserted cell in the public section of Aden Central Prison [File: Maad El Zikry/AP Photo]

A report obtained by Al Jazeera alleges that detainees in a network of clandestine prisons set up by the United Arab Emirates across southern Yemen have been exposed to a host of brutal interrogation techniques that included physical and psychological torture.

The report – which was provided by Yemeni military figures who worked with the Saudi-UAE coalition battling Yemen’s Houthi rebels – described scenes of sexual abuse by Emirati army personnel and their Yemeni surrogates.

Individuals endured rape at the hands of coalition forces and were subjected to electrocution in the genitals, chest and armpits.

Some detainees were hung in midair while being insulted and beaten, the report said.

Electric cables were used alongside wooden bats and steel poles during the interrogation sessions.

In some instances, the detainees are described as having been deprived of sleep and confined to narrow spaces with poor hygienic conditions and limited air ventilation.

For some, this was accompanied by sessions where their skins were lashed with whips and their wounds were subsequently covered in salt. Others had industrial nails inserted into their finger and toenails. 

The report alleged more than 49 people died as a result of the torture and five gravesites were used to bury the deceased. 

The account confirms a report by The Associated Press published in June over alleged acts of torture perpetrated by members of the Saudi-UAE coalition in a network of at least 18 secret prisons.

According to AP, hundreds of men were rounded up and detained on suspicion of belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s Yemen branch (ISIL, also known as ISIS) and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). At the time of publication, AP said that UAE officials did not respond to requests for comment.

The report obtained by Al Jazeera put the number of secret prisons at 27, including sites in Hadramout, Aden, Socotra, Mayyun Island, as well as a facility in Eritrea where the UAE maintains a military base.

War in Yemen

With logistical support from the United States, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have carried out attacks in Yemen since March 2015. The war effort is ostensibly an attempt to reinstate the internationally recognised government of President Abu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

In 2014, Hadi and his forces were overrun by Houthi rebels who took over much of the country, including the capital, Sanaa.

On August 9, more than 50 people were killed in a Saudi-UAE coalition air raid on Saada province – the Houthi heartland. The majority of those killed were children heading for Quran classes.

Just a week earlier, dozens of people – including women and children – were killed in Yemen’s Red Sea port city of Hodeidah in mortar attacks believed to be carried out by the Saudi-UAE alliance.

According to the UN, at least 10,000 people have been killed in the war – a death toll that has not been updated in years and is certain to be far higher.

In June, Saudi and UAE forces carried out 258 air raids on Yemen, nearly one-third of which targeted non-military sites.

The Yemen Data Project listed 24 air raids on residential areas, three on water and electricity sites, three hitting healthcare facilities, and one targeting an IDP camp.

SOURCE: Al Jazeera News

UN Seeks «Credible» Investigation into Yemen Bus Attack

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The UN Security Council has called for a credible and transparent investigation into the martyrdom of at least 29 children in a Saudi-led coalition attack on a bus in Yemen.

The British ambassador, Karen Pierce, who holds the council presidency, told reporters following a closed-door meeting on Friday that “if any investigation that is held is not credible, the council will obviously want to review that”.

The Ansarullah on Friday backed the UN call for an investigation into the Saudi-led coalition airstrike.

Senior Ansarullah leader Mohammed Ali al-Houthi said on Twitter that the revolutionaries were willing to cooperate in an investigation of the airstrike on Thursday in their stronghold of Saada province that hit the bus carrying civilians – many of them school children – in a busy market in Dahyan.

The US-backed coalition earlier announced that it had ordered an investigation into the airstrike that wounded at least 48 others.

The Security Council did not order a separate investigation but “will now consult with the UN and others as to how the investigation can best be taken forward,” said Pierce.

The council met at the request of five countries: Bolivia, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland and Sweden, which are all non-permanent council members.

Kuwait, also a non-permanent council member, is part of the Saudi-led coalition waging a war in Yemen.

The US, France and Britain – three of the five permanent council members – have supported the Saudi coalition in its military aggression, but have expressed concern over its heavy toll on civilians.

Before the meeting, the Netherlands stressed that the investigation must be independent, suggesting that the coalition’s decision to open up an inquiry was insufficient.

“We have seen the images of children who died,” the Dutch deputy ambassador Lise Gregoire-van Haaren told reporters. “What is essential at this moment in time is to have a credible and independent investigation.”

The council did not specify in the agreed statement to the press that the investigation should be independent – a demand that UN secretary general António Guterres made in a statement condemning the attack on Thursday.

Council members expressed their “great concern” and “called for a credible and transparent investigation,” Pierce said.

Since 2015, Saudi Arabia has been leading a military campaign against Yemen.

The war has left nearly 10,000 people martyred and unleashed what the UN describes as the world’s worst current humanitarian crisis.

Yemeni health minister, Taha al-Mutawakel, on Friday put the death toll at 51 people, including 40 children, and warned that the number of victims could rise.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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Saudi Humanity: More than 50 Martyred in Children’s Bus Massacre

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Slaughtering children is what the Saudi leaders has mastered since their inhumane aggression on the poor Yemen.

And the latest of their murders is a horrible massacre committed against a bus carrying children in northern Yemen. The attack martyred dozens, many of whom were children under the age of 10, the Red Cross has confirmed.

The bus was in the Dahyan Market in northern Sa’ada, when it was attacked on Thursday morning.

Abdul-Ghani Nayeb, head of a health department in Sa’ada, put the number of the deaths at 43, saying over 60 others were also wounded.

“Following an attack… [an International Committee of the Red Cross-supported] hospital has received dozens of dead and wounded,” the Red Cross confirmed, adding that “under international humanitarian law, civilians must be protected during conflict.”

Johannes Bruwer, head of delegation for the ICRC in Yemen, also said in a tweet that most of the victims were under the age of 10.

The ICRC has now confirmed that the bodies of 29 children have been recovered, all of whom were aged under 15 years old. 48 others were also injured, including 30 children. The bus was transporting civilians, including many school children, but it is not clear how many of the casualties were bus passengers and how many were pedestrians on the surrounding street.

In its statement, the Saudi-led coalition called the carnage a “legitimate action,” claiming the fatal air raids were aimed at missile launchers used by Yemeni forces to target the Jizan industrial city in southern Saudi Arabia, a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency [SPA] said.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

SAUDI-LED COALITION AIRSTRIKES KILL DOZENS OF CHILDREN IN NORTHERN YEMEN (PHOTOS)

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09.08.2018

On August 9, a warplane of the Saudi-led coalition launched a missile at a bus carrying children and teachers in Dahyan market in the northern Yemeni province of Saada, according to the Yemeni al-Masirah TV.

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Yemeni sources told the Lebanese al-Mayadeen TV that at least 50 civilians, the majority of whom are children, were killed and 77 others were injured as a result of the coalition’s airstrike.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Yemen confirmed that dozens of civilians were killed and injured and said on Twitter: “Under international humanitarian law, civilians must be protected during conflict.”

Commenting on the incident, a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, Colonel Turki Al-Malaki, said that the coalition targeted “militants” responsible for launching a rocket at the southern Saudi province of Jizan a day earlier and described the airstrike as “legitimate military action.”

“The Coalition will take all necessary measures against the terrorist, criminal acts of the terrorist Iranian-Houthi militia, such as recruiting child soldiers, throwing them in battlefields and using them as tools and covers to their terrorist acts,” Col. al-Malaki said, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Last week, more than 55 civilians were killed in the western Yemeni city of al-Hudaydah by Saudi-led coalition warplanes. Back then, the coalition accused the Houthis of being behind the massacre.

The Yemeni Missiles Force, which is a key ally of the Houthis, may carry out a missile strike on Saudi Arabia in the upcoming hours in response to this new massacre.

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HOUTHIS ATTACK SAUDI-LED COALITION TROOPS IN WESTERN YEMEN WITH BALLISTIC MISSILES AND ARMED DRONES

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05.08.2018

Houthis Attack Saudi-led Coalition Troops In Western Yemen With Ballistic Missiles And Armed Drones

On August 5, the Yemeni Air Force and the Yemeni Missiles Forces [both loyal to the Houthis] carried out a coordinated attack on Saudi-led coalition troops along the western coast of Yemen, according to the Yemeni al-Masirah TV.

In details, the Yemeni Missiles Forces launched several “ballistic missiles” on several gatherings of the Saudi-led coalition and its Yemeni proxies, while armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) of the Yemeni Air Force bombed several positions of the coalition.

Experts believe that the Houthis used the Badir-1 solid fuel artillery rocket, which is a locally-made copy of the Iranian Fajir-3, and an armed UAV named Qasef-1, which is a copy of the Iranian Ababil-2.

A day earlier, an armed UAV of the Houthis struck a military base in the southern Saudi province of Asir. According to pro-Houthis sources, the attack caused a notable explosion and a significant death toll in the base.

These attacks are likely a response to the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes on the coastal city of al-Hudaydah. On August 2, coaltion warplaens bombed a hospital and a local fishing port in the city killing more than 55 civilians.

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Saudi Strikes on Hodeidah’s Hospital a War Crime and Moral Decay

Hezbollah: Targeting Yemen Civilians Indicates Saudi Failure, Moral Decay

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August 4, 2018

Hezbollah lashed out at the Saudi-led aggression on Yemen, as he denounced the massacre in Hudeidah, which killed and injured dozens of civilians the port city.

In a statement released by its Media Relations Office late Friday, Hezbollah stressed that targeting civilians shows the “Saudi-US aggression’s failure and the moral decay.”

“The Saudi-US alliance had committed a horrible massacre that targeted civilians and patients in Hudeidah’s hospital and market,” the statement said, stressing that the attack “is a crime in every sense of the word.”

“As we firmly denounce this disgraceful crime, we call on free states across the world, international organizations and human rights watchdogs to condemn it and to stand against its perpetrators in order to expose their aggression which has been for more than three years.”

“Targeting patients in a hospital indicates the Saudi-US aggression’s flagrant moral decay, as well as its failure in the battlefield in front of the courageous Yemeni resistance,” the statement stressed.

Hezbollah meanwhile, offered condolences for the Yemeni people and wished speedy recovery for the people who were injured in the strikes on Hudeidah.

More than 40 people were martyred and many others were injured on Thursday as Saudi-led warplanes launched air strikes on a hospital and a fish market in Hudeidah.

Medical workers said more than 20 missiles were fired by warplanes into several neighborhoods of the port city.

Source: Hezbollah Media Relations (Translated by Al-Manar English Website)

 

At least 55 Yemenis Martyred in Saudi Strikes on Hodeidah’s Hospital, Harbor

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At least 55 people have been martyred after warplanes of the Saudi-led aggression hit a hospital and a fishing harbor in Yemen’s western province of Hodeidah.

Yemen’s Health Ministry said the Thursday brutal strikes also left at least 130 wounded, some in critical condition.

Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network, citing its correspondent, reported that Saudi-led jets struck al-Thorah Hospital in the provincial capital Hodeidah and a fishing port in the province almost simultaneously.

According to the correspondent, the death toll was expected to rise due to the magnitude of the airstrikes, particularly on the hospital.

The report also said that the attacked hospital had launched an urgent appeal for Yemeni citizens to donate blood.

On Wednesday, at least nine fishermen were martyred after Saudi-led warplanes targeted their ship off the coast of Hodeidah.

The imposed war, however, has so far failed to achieve its goal, thanks to firm resistance mounted by Yemeni troops. The war was also launched despite warnings that it would compound the impoverished nation’s humanitarian crisis.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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Yemeni Army, Popular Committees Strike Saudi-led Forces, 40 Saudi Soldiers Killed, 30 Others Injured in War on Yemen during July, 2018

Yemeni Army, Popular Committees Strike Saudi-led Forces in Asir, Jiza

August 2, 2018

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The Yemeni army and popular committees managed on Thursday to strike the Saudi forces in several areas, firing a “Zelzal 1” missile onto the Saudi-led mercenaries in Asir and striking the Saudi forces and the allied militants in Jizan.

The Saudi warplanes raided on the same day a hospital in Hodaidah as reports confirmed that a number of civilians were victimized.

A number of Yemeni civilians were injured after the Saudi-led forces launched an artillery attack on Hodaidah fishing port.

Source: Al-Manar Website

40 Saudi Soldiers Killed, 30 Others Injured in War on Yemen during July, 2018

August 2, 2018

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The ongoing KSA-led war on Yemen left 40 Saudi soldiers killed and 30 others injured in July, 2018, according to reports circulated by local media outlets.

The Saudi news agency reported that only 22 soldiers were killed in Yemen; however, several websites confirmed that this number ups to reach 40.

Yemen has been since March 2015 under a brutal aggression by Saudi-led coalition, in a bid to restore power to fugitive former president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Tens of thousands of Yemenis have been injured and martyred in Saudi-led strikes, with the vast majority of them are civilians.

However, the allied forces of the Yemeni army and popular committees established by Ansarullah revolutionaries have been heroically confronting the aggression with all means, inflicting huge losses upon Saudi-led forces.

The Saudi-led coalition – which also includes UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan and Kuwait – has been also imposing a blockade on the impoverished country’s ports and airports as a part of the aggression.

Source: Al-Manar Website

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