Journalist whom Houthi militants threw acid in his face loses sight 2

Journalist whom Houthi militants threw acid in his face loses sight 2

 

2019-11-08

A Yemeni social journalist whom Houthi militants silenced by throwing corrosive liquid in his face in Sana'a early this year has lost sight in his two eyes, according to his relatives and acquaintances.

Matar Al-Asbahi, in his twenties, has been receiving treatment in India for months but now doctors say he won't be able to see anymore, one of his relatives in the Houthi-held Sana'a said, identifying himself only as A.Q.A for security fears.

Abu Rasheed, an acquaintance of Matar, said Houthi extremists stopped Matar while driving a bus in Sana'a one night in February this year "and threw acid in his face "which disfigured and critically injured him from inside and outside his body."

"Blind in his hospital now, he is also probably going to lose the ability to swallow stuff due to a severe injury in the pharynx," said Abu Rashid. "Matar's clansmen are grumbling among themselves and not daring to speak loudly or point fingers, since the perpetrators are members of the militant group controlling the city," Abu Rashid continued, "what can they do?" "They can only grin and bear it." 

The Shia extremist theocrats of Houthis are responsible for horrific abuses against journalists and activists since they seized the capital Sana'a in September 2014. The abuses include extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearance and tortures to death.

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