Abdel Rahim Mohsen needs urgent release & medical care in Yemen
30 August 2017
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has joined its affiliate, the Yemeni Journalists’ Syndicate (YJS), in condemning the abduction of a local journalist and urge his captors to immediately release him so he can get vital medical care.
Reports said that local freelance journalist Abdel Rahim Mohsen, who suffers from severe diabetes, was kidnapped by armed men dressed in civilian clothing on the morning of Tuesday 22 August while on his way to the hospital in Al-Raheda near Taiz for treatment for his deteriorating condition.
His family told the YJS that they received news the journalist had fallen into coma as a result of his diabetes.
Mohsen was stopped at a checkpoint before being taken to an unknown location whilst men searched his home in the al-Silo district of Southern Taiz, reports added.
Mohammed Shubaita, YJS general secretary, told the IFJ that the union had been informed by a relative of the journalist that he had since been moved to Errahida Directorate, in the area of El Salah in west Taiz.
Anthony Bellanger, IFJ general secretary, said:
"We call on the captors of our Yemeni colleague Abdel Rahim Mohsen to immediately release him as a matter of humanitarian assistance.
"We stand with our affiliate the YJS in condemning this terrible crime and urge the warring parties not to use journalists and other civilians as pawns during the conflict in Yemen."
Yemen has been split by civil war since 2015 when Houthi rebels along with supporters of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh seized control of the capital of Sana’a and much of the east of the country.
A coalition of Arab and African states led by Saudi Arabia and supported by the US began a military intervention in 2016.
On 26 May, 3 photojournalists were killed and two more injured in a Houthi bomb attack in Taiz. In January 2016, the YJS reported that three Yemeni journalists were tortured in jail after being taken captive by Houthi rebels in Sana’a in June 2015.