Yemeni Information Minister Muammar al-Erjani said that four journalists of the Yemen Today TV channel, held hostage for almost two weeks by the Houthis insurgents, died, and the rest of the hostages moved to an unknown place. This was reported by RIA.
“The news was confirmed about the death of four journalists injured during the assault by the Houthis of the Yemen Today channel building,” wrote Minister Muammar al-Erjani on Twitter. According to him, the wounded journalists, bleeding, did not receive medical assistance, as a result of which they died.
The minister did not name the names of the deceased.
“Today, the Houthis have transported the journalists held in Yemen Today hostage to an unknown place, I do not exclude that it may be a preparation for their liquidation,” the minister wrote. He noted that journalists are unarmed, and there is no sense in keeping them or killing them.
Al-Erjani called on the trade union of Arab journalists and other international organizations, as well as the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, to intervene in the situation and put pressure on the Houthis to release journalists.
On December 2, rebels captured a telecentre building in the capital of Yemen Sanaa, where the Yemen Today channel office is located, with which a freelance correspondent Sputnik worked. Journalists went on a hunger strike on Sunday to protest. Two sources who have contacts with insurgents in this country told RIA Novosti that Sputnik correspondent, along with other journalists, is being held by the Khusites in the building of the television center. The total number of detainees is 41 people.
The correspondent’s wife told said on Monday that he had not been in touch for a week.
Halima Jahaf, member of the Politburo of the Ansar Alla Husit Movement, told RIA Novosti that the Houthis rebels will release the journalists held by them in the Yemen Today channel in Sanaa after conducting the investigative procedures.
The Yemen Today channel is known as the “General People’s Congress” (VNK), ex-president of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was associated with Yemeni citizens on the day of the seizure of the television center, to protect the country from the Houthis movement Ansar Alla, its recent allies with whom the conflict took place.
This channel broadcast the speech of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in which he called for an uprising against the Houthis and forbade loyal military men to obey their orders. Saleh later perished in a shootout with the Houthis who pursued him.