Tens of thousands of members of the Yemeni community in the US have denounced and protested against the murder of Yemeni-American Abdul-Malik Al-Sanabani who was visiting relatives this month, but was reportedly killed by an “armed gang” while passing through a checkpoint in the southern Lahj province en route to the capital Sanaa. The gang believed him to be a member of the Houthi movement, reports claim. The 30-year-old, originally from the Dhamar province, had been living in the US for the past seven years and was heading to the northern Houthi-controlled region from the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) held port city of Aden in the south.
On Wednesday the STC-affiliated Al-Ayyam newspaper reported that soldiers had arrested a suspected Houthi fighter after allegedly taking pictures of military sites. Images have been widely shared on social media depicting Al-Sanabani detained on the back of a pickup truck surrounded by soldiers in civilian clothing. Seeing the picture on the news, his family began searching for him and were eventually directed to the Republican hospital where his body was discovered. According to an audio recording attributed to a cousin, Al-Sanabani’s body showed signs of torture, and had bullet marks on the back and leg.


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