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AP: Prisoners Face Rampant Sexual Abuse in UAE Prison in Yemen

HeadlineJun 20, 2018

In Yemen, a U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition says it has seized the airport in the crucial port city of Hodeidah. Hundreds of fighters have been killed, and thousands of civilians have been forced to flee their homes, since the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition launched an all-out offensive against Hodeidah a week ago. International groups have warned the U.S.-backed offensive to seize Hodeidah will exacerbate the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, which is already experiencing the world’s worst cholera epidemic, with more than 1 million people afflicted and with millions more on the brink of famine.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press reports rampant sexual abuse in a South Yemen jail controlled by the United Arab Emirates. AP reports that, in March, 15 officers lined up the prisoners in the southern city of Aden and ordered them to undress, before searching their anal cavities, claiming that they were looking for contraband cellphones. The men screamed and cried, and those who resisted were beaten and threatened by dogs. AP reports that hundreds of detainees suffered similar abuse.

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