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Date of Incident: December 24, 2019

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Institution(s):Sana'a University

Region & Country:Western Asia | Yemen

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On December 24, 2019, it was reported that Houthi fighters abducted Sana’a University professor Mohammed Nabil Al-Harazi while he was on his way home from campus, reportedly assaulting him and taking him to an unknown location.

No additional information regarding the abduction or Professor Al-Harazi’s release was available as of this report. 

Scholars at Risk is concerned about the abduction of a university professor by non-state militants. All parties to a conflict must refrain from the detention and disappearance of non-combatants, including members of higher education communities. In addition to the harm to the immediate victims, such attacks undermine academic freedom, institutional autonomy, and democratic society generally.