Houthis seize Yemen’s premier private university

Houthis seize Yemen’s premier private university

Alsahwa Net- The Houthis militia seized last Tuesday the University of Science and Technology (UST), the premier private university in Yemen.

The militia abducted Hamid Aqlan, rector of  the UST and imposed one of its affiliates a new rector for the university and took Aqlan to an unknown detention site.

The Houthis who seized the capital Sana’a in late September 2014 have done similar large-scale forcible reshuffle across all public educational institutions.

However, this time, they extended their action to the private higher educational businesses that supposedly can enjoy private management by their owners.

Academic sources say that such measures destroy the education system in the country as the militia changed educational platforms into military instruments for its fighting against the government’s forces.

The militia changed rectors of all public universities and replaced deans of all schools with its affiliated officials over the past five years.

They even changed a building of one public vocational training school in Dhamar into a private prison for its opponents.

In Dhamar, the Houthis instructed management of Dhamar Public University to change names of classrooms with names of their dead fighters.

Now, the Houthis’ terror has been extended to include private universities with a change of management members and detention of previous officials.

Students of the UST issued a statement condemning abduction of Aqlan and demanding his release and no interference in affairs of the university.  

“The Houthis militia seized the most successful private university and this will certainly affect the private education in Yemen which has become vulnerable to the militia’s terror,” Dr. Mohamed Al-Bile said.

In mid-2019, the Houthis took similar measure against a local mobile telecommunication company, Sabafon and dismissed all officials of the company and replaced them with its affiliated leaders.

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