Hundreds of detainees suffered torture and sexual abuse by the Emirati officers,a key part of the Saudi-led coalition, backed by the US, at the jails UAE runs in war-torn Yemen, so they reportedly open hunger strike, while their families protest ,a report reveals.
Southern Yemeni prisoners in “Bir Ahmed” prison,run by UAE, continue their hunger strike for the eleventh day amid deteriorating of their health conditions.A leaked letter from inside the prison of Bir Ahmed confirmed that there were 18 fainting cases, amid negligence of the General Criminal Prosecution in Aden to carry its judicial and humanitarian duties, while detainees held Aden’s criminal prosecution responsible for evading the release of prisoners, stressing that they will continue their hunger strike to the death or resolve all their issues.
Elsewhere in Bir-Basha prison ,cases of fainting occurred to detainees after four days of hunger strike. The hunger and exhaustion reached three cases of fainting and were relieved after losing consciousness. The cases’ bodies collapsed from hunger and are not being used, whereas the strike comes against the backdrop of torture by coalition forces against prisoners.
In addition, a leader in the so-called “southern resistance” used a police dog called “Shakira” to torture Yemeni detainees in the UAE-run secret prisons.
“The UAE occupation officers released Shakira towards some detainees after taking off their clothes,” Adel al-Hassani said in an interview with Bilqees Satellite Channel .
He added that “the dog (Shakira) had bitten thighs, legs, arms and genitals of some detainees while they were shackled.”
The former detainee Adel al-Hasani asked, in a post on his Facebook page, the UAE forces’ officer Abu Khalifa Saeed al-Muhairi to quickly hand over the businessman Awad al-Yafei and his son Ghassan to the judicial authorities within 48 hours, unless he would have to reveal their whereabouts and the name of Emirati officer who carried out the worst crimes of torture against them.
“Because I was their neighbor in the same prison, I will announce where they are now, in your most secret prisons, and who is the UAE officer overseeing their torture and what you have asked and they rejected,” said al-Hasani.
Al-Hasani explained that the killing, kidnapping, arrest and forcibly hiding are of crimes that do not subject to the statute of limitations,calling on relatives of the victims to submit files of the UAE forces violations to all international human rights organizations and demand prosecuting the perpetrators before international law.
Furthermore, a Yemeni detainee was killed in UAE forces’ prison , whereas he died after being kidnapped and tortured by the UAE-backed paid fighters in the prison in Worker’s Island.
While another Yemeni detainee died .“The detainee, Mohammed al-Zamki, died by suicide,” local sources said, while other sources suggested that “he died in mysterious circumstances and may have died of torture.”
The UAE continues to hold hundreds of people in secret prisons in the city of Aden, where they are subjected to abuses and torture.
According to reports of local and international organizations, “violations against detainees amount to war crimes.”
For their part, dozens of mothers of detainees held many protest rallies to demand release of their sons detained in secret jails .
The protesters raised slogans and banners condemning the torture operations against the southern people in the prisons.
They held the government of the resigned Yemeni president Hadi , loyal to the coalition, and the UAE-backed paid fighters fully responsible for the lives and safety of detainees in the UAE prisons, calling for holding accountable those responsible for hiding and torturing their sons unjustly.
However, prison’s administrations most of the time reject to release a number of the detainees, despite of the public prosecution and judiciary orders to release them.
The UAE forces has been operating secret prisons in Aden since 2017.Amnesty International said it also documented “systematic grave violations” in UAE-run jails in Yemen. The group called the AP report as “shocking,” saying that US officials “continue to dismiss these credible allegations.”
“Americans use Emiratis as gloves to do their dirty work, said a senior official at the Riyan Prison in the city of Mukalla, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Two other officials, who were once close to the Emiratis, said that paid fighters , including Americans, are present at all the Emirati military camps and sites, including the prisons.
US officials have acknowledged that American forces receive intelligence from UAE partners and have participated in interrogations in Yemen.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a former security chief who himself was involved in torturing detainees to extract confessions, told the AP that rape is used as a way to force detainees to cooperate with the Emiratis in spying.
In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.
Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.
However, Saudi Arabia relies heavily on the US in its brutal war on Yemen. Washington has deployed a commando force on the Arab kingdom’s border with Yemen to help destroy arms belonging to Yemen’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement. Washington has also provided logistical support and aerial refueling.