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Press body condemns inhuman treatment of journalists in Yemen by Houthis

BRUSSELS, Nov 29 (KUNA) -- The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Tuesday expressed its concerns over the worsening health of a kidnapped journalist who has been tortured in captivity in Yemen.
Editor of the online site Alislah, AbdelKhalee Omran was kidnapped on 9 June 2015 by the Houthi rebels at the Dream Land Hotel in the capital, Sanaa, together with eight other colleagues, noted an IFJ statement.
Reports said they were working from the hotel as they felt safer and could use electricity without interruption.
Omran remains captive in the "political security" prison in Sanaa and, like the others, has been subject to repeated torture, said the IFJ.
"The IFJ repeats its demands from the de facto government to free all journalists in its prisons," said IFJ President, Philippe Leruth ina statement.
"The maltreatment and inhumane conditions in which it keeps its prisoners have been tolerated for too long by the international community and the United Nations General Secretary and his special envoy should report on the measures to be taken to protect Yemeni journalists in these conflict zones", he said.
In total, 16 journalists remain captive and eight have been killed in Yemen in 2016, said the Brussels-based IFJ. (end) nk.ibi