Saudis 'torture Houthi rebels'

A video purporting to show members of the Saudi armed forces torturing suspected Houthi rebels has been posted on the internet.

The Washington-based Saudi Information Agency (critical of the Saudi regime) says

The prisoners, who are suspected to be affiliated with the Houthi rebel group operating in the northern Yemeni province of Saada, are seen being beaten on the soles of their feet with metal wires by Saudi military officials.

Several uniformed Saudi army officers, several soldiers and civilians are seen beating Yemenis who were crying, “I am a Yemeni” and the Islamic slogan “there is no God but God,” while soldiers were questioning about their nationality. The torture appears to have taken place inside a Saudi security building near the borders with Yemen.

Posted by Brian Whitaker, 5 February 2010.