The Houthi Robles control capital Sana’a closed the only independent TV channel Al-Saeedah which is based in Sana’a and broadcast from Cairo.
Local sources have told MEMO that the channel’s office as broken into and violently raided. Its Director, Mukhtar Al-Qadasi, was also kidnapped. His whereabouts and well being are unknown.
This comes as a result of a crackdown on Yemeni journalists and activists by forces loyal to the Houthis and former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Houthi fighters took control of Sana’a after a coup on 21 September 2014. They did so in alliance with former President Saleh.
Prior to the Yemeni revolution, Saleh fought the Houthis in six wars.