Human Rights Watch Accuses Houthi Militia of Causing Death of Dozens of Migrants in Sanaa, Yemen

The Human Rights Watch announced on Tuesday that migrants burned to death in Yemen on March 7, 2021, after Houthi militias launched unidentified projectiles into an immigration detention center in Sanaa, causing a fire.

Human Rights Watch called to include the incident in ongoing investigation into human rights abuses in the country and allowing humanitarian groups to assist those in need of medical or other aid.

“The Houthis’ reckless use of weapons that led to scores of Ethiopian migrants burning to death is a horrific reminder of the dangers migrants face in war-torn Yemen,” said Nadia Hardman, refugee and migrant rights researcher at Human Rights Watch.

She called for the need to hold those responsible to account and stop holding migrants in abysmal detention facilities where their lives and well-being are at risk.

Human Rights Watch said that Houthis should urgently engage with Ethiopian authorities whose nationals are languishing in Yemeni detention centers under their control.

“Donor governments should provide more support for the reintegration of migrants into their home communities to assist those who have faced unimaginable horror and trauma,” Hardman added.