MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Hisham al-Omeisy is a political activist who provided commentary and analysis on Yemeni armed conflict through social media in English and Arabic. On Monday, armed security officers from the National Security Bureau (NSB) detained and took him to an undisclosed location.
"Houthi authorities should immediately release al-Omeisy and return him safely to his family," Sarah Leah Whitson, the Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement.
Yemen more than ever needs activists like Omeisy to bring attention to the devastation that war brings the country and its people, Whitson added.
Yemen has been engulfed in a violent conflict between the government headed by Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Ansar Allah movement, also known as the Houthis, backed by army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The government is supported from the air and on the ground by the Saudi-led coalition. In response, the Houthis regularly shell the border areas of the kingdom.