Saudi-led coalition kills its paid fighters with hunger




Almost 33 prisoners from the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council’s paid fighters , mostly from Radfan, Yafea and Dhalei areas in southern Yemen, held in prisons of Hadi-allied Islah Party in Shabwa province, eastern Yemen, have begun an open hunger strike over abuses they suffer in prisons.

Families of the prisoners held in Islah prisons in Shabwa demanded that human rights and humanitarian organizations press for their release, holding Hadi authorities and Islah paid fighters fully responsible for the detainees’ lives and health.

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.

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