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Pro-Houthi MP Accuses Militias of Torturing Hodeidah Residents

Pro-Houthi MP Accuses Militias of Torturing Hodeidah Residents

Sunday, 30 June, 2019 - 11:45
UN vehicles on their way to Saleef port are seen at the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, Yemen May 11, 2019. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad
Sanaa - Asharq Al-Awsat
A pro-Houthi MP attacked the Iran-backed militias’ leadership during a meeting for deputies in Sanaa.

He accused it of intentionally torturing Hodeidah residents by not providing them with electricity to overcome summer season’s heat despite sufficient amount of fund available for that.

MP Abdu Bishr, who is known for opposing the group’s policies, said that its MPs have announced adding the prices of oil derivatives sold in areas that fall under the militias’ control to implement electricity project for Hodeidah’s residents, but these funds “seem to have lost their way to an unknown destination.”

Bishr called on Sanaa deputies, who are subject to the group, to take firm stances in order to know the fate of these funds, which are collected for Hodeidah’s electricity. He pointed out that these funds are being looted and seized by Houthi leaders.

Bishr was a minister in the coup government before he was ousted.

Houthis have attacked his home in Sanaa a few days ago and arrested two of his bodyguards.

Hodeidah residents told Asharq Al-Awsat that life is no longer bearable in the city due to summer heat and the lack of electricity. They said only Houthi leaders and their followers have access to electricity, which is being supplied for them for free.

Residents stressed that the militias have imposed huge sums on private generator owners, who sell electricity for people.

This has caused a hike in prices, preventing a number of people from access to their basic needs.

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