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Students and professors learned of Dr. Hamid Aqlan's dismissal from a circular at the university announcing the appointment of Dr. Adel Al-Mutawakkil

Houthis kidnap president of Yemen's oldest private university and appoint loyalist in his place 

The Houthis on Monday abducted Dr. Hamid Aqlan, president of the Sana’a-based University of Science and Technology, and transferred him to a prison without informing his family or colleagues of its location, a family member who also works for the university said.

Students and professors were notified of Aqlan’s dismissal by a circular hanging on the walls of the university’s offices announcing the appointment of Dr. Adel Al-Mutawakkil as its new president.

This is not the first time that Houthi authorities have interfered with the university. The rebels previously confiscated university equipment and threatened its closure after taking control of Sana’a in 2014.

Founded in 1992, the private university is Yemen’s oldest and largest. Thousands of Yemeni and Arab students have graduated in various disciplines from the university


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