UN employee captured in Yemen port city

Sanaa: The Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels have captured an employee of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Sunday in the port city of Al Hudaydah,
Yemeni Minister of Information Moammar Eryani has said.

Sputnik cited Eryani, who personally took to Twitter, saying, “The Houthi militia in the city of Al Hudaydah has detained Muhammad Shaybani, a specialist of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.”

The international community and the UN special envoy for Yemen are calling for a decisive position on the actions of the Houthis, he added.

Yemen has been witnessing a political crisis in recent years, especially between the government forces led by President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and the Houthi rebels. The Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis at Hadi’s request since March 2015.

The strife has reportedly claimed around 10,000 lives and displaced a thousand others so far.