CAIRO, 29th May, 2016 (WAM) – The Arab Journalists Union, AJU, has condemned the disappearance of ten Yemeni journalists from Habra prison in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, and demanded that the Houthi group reveal their whereabouts and release them immediately.

The AJA said in a statement that the journalists, who were taken to an unknown place, need immediate medical care due to deterioration in their health.

”The Houthi group is fully responsible for the life and safety of those colleagues who began a hunger strike on 9th May in protest against mistreatment they face and for being denied food and medical care,” the statement affirmed.

The AJA demanded that the Houthis reveal their whereabouts and release them immediately so that they can received medical care.

The International Federation of Journalists, IFJ, the world’s largest organisation of journalists, has called on the United Nations envoy in Yemen to act to help secure the immediate release of the 10 jailed journalists amid growing concerns about their health and allegations of torture.

In a letter to UN envoy Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the IFJ backed the concerns expressed by its affiliate, the Yemeni Journalists’ Syndicate, YJS, and the journalists’ families, about the inhumane conditions the jailed journalists face.