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.