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Samira Abdullah Al-Hori said she was told to lure Houthi government officials with sex and film it to use as blackmail against the officials in case they tried to defect

Female ex-detainee accuses Houthi authorities of sexual abuses in and outside detention centers

Houthi officials have gone quiet days after a video of a Yemeni woman detailing her three-month abduction has gone viral on social media, where she appears to accuse the group of using "immoral means" with the detainees. 

Samira Abdullah Al-Hori said in a video that was broadcast on Mar. 21 on Egyptian-run Al-Bawabah news that she was subjected to psychological and physical torture during her detention in the immigration building and Dar Al-Hilal, a building where girls and women are held in Sana’a.

Before her appearance on Al-Bawabah news, she was featured as a human rights and community activist on Sana'a-based Al-Haweya TV discussing the situation of children in Yemen's war. 

Houthi forces raided her apartment in Faj Atan area of Sana’a while she was in pajamas with her 10-year-old daughter, and took her to a detention facility called Dar Al-Hilal, where they began investigating her and subjected her to psychological and physical torture, Al-Hori said.

She said that the storming of her apartment came after she rejected the earlier demands of two Houthi officials working in the immigration authority, Abdullah Al-Sarari and Mohammed Al-Ghashm. 

When the Houthi leaders investigated her the first time, they asked her to lure the group's government officials with sex and film it to use as blackmail against the officials in case they tried to defect, she said, adding that she refused and returned home.

The Houthi forces who raided her apartment were led by Sultan Zaben, head of the Sana'a-based Criminal Research Department, Abu Salah and Abu Al-Karrar, Security Intelligence Bureau officers, and Houthi female security recruits known as Zaynabeyat. 

Al-Hori said she had been sexually harassed and revealed that female prisoners were sexually assaulted and raped; some were pregnant and have not been released for fear of a scandal.

Al-Hori said that senior Houthi intelligence officers had blackmailed her in exchange for protection. She said that she has phone recordings to authenticate her story and decided to flee Yemen with her daughter.

"In Dar Al-Hilal, there are more than 120 Yemeni women in detention, and everyone is repeatedly harassed and tortured, psychologically and physically," Al-Hori said.


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