Teenage Yemeni Model Who Posed Without Hijab To Be Prosecuted

A teenage model who posed for pictures without a hijab has been snatched off the street by Iran-backed Houthi rebels who are planning to prosecute her in a kangaroo court for being a bad influence.

The young Yemeni model and actress kidnapped by Iran-backed Houthi rebels is set to be ‘tried’ by her abductors who see her as a corrupting influence, according to reports.

Entesar Al-Hammadi, 20, and two of her colleagues were snatched from a street in the rebel-controlled Yemeni capital, Sanaa, on 20th February.

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The kidnapping is believed to be part of a series of crackdowns on objectors and liberals in areas of the country controlled by the rebels.

A Houthi ‘prosecutor’ will question the young model on Sunday (18th April), according to her lawyer, Khaled Mohammed Al-Kamal, who said that she was arrested unlawfully.

Entesar and her colleagues were on their way to film a drama TV series when their vehicle was stopped by rebels, who abducted the women, taking them to a secret location in February.

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They were ostensibly arrested for violating Islamic dress norms, according to reports.

Crackdowns against Yemeni women have reportedly become commonplace in Houthi-controlled areas.

Yemeni Minister of Information Moammar Al-Eryani wrote on Twitter: “They must stop the extortion of women and release all disappeared women from their secret prisons unconditionally.”

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Entesar had told a Yemeni TV channel that she dreamed of travelling abroad to escape Yemen’s stifling, conservative society last year.

Entesar, whose mother is Ethiopian, said at the time: “It would be great if I was given an opportunity outside Yemen.”

The Yemeni Civil War began in 2014 and is ongoing. The main players are the Iran-backed Houthis, the Saudi-backed Hadi-led government, and terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and ISIL.

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Human Rights Watch puts the civilian death toll at over 18,400.

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