20 Yemeni journalists assaulted or detained in Feb.: NGO

The organization condemned "assaults and detentions" by Houthis against media personnel covering the anti-Houthi demonstrations

SANAA (AA) – Twenty journalists have been subjected to violations across Yemen over the past two weeks, a local NGO said on Sunday.

Women Journalists without Chains, led by renowned activist Tawakkol Karman, has expressed concern over "vicious attacks" by militants from the Shiite Houthi group against journalists covering demonstrations opposed to the group's recent takeover of state institutions.

The organization condemned "assaults and detentions" by Houthis against media personnel covering the anti-Houthi demonstrations.

"The Houthi group is completely responsible for [violations] against the journalists," the NGO said.

It went on to warn of "dragging journalists" into the country's political struggle.

In recent months, Yemen has seen the emergence of a new political crisis – one that has left the Shiite Houthi group in control of capital Sanaa and certain other provinces.

Earlier this month, the Shiite militant group issued what they described as a constitutional declaration dissolving parliament and establishing a 551-member transitional council.

The declaration, however, was rejected by most of Yemen's political forces – along with neighboring countries – which described it as a coup against constitutional legitimacy.

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