From Al Jazaeera:

The Elite Forces, a militia backed by the United Arab Emirates fighting with the Saudi-led coalition, have been accused of kidnapping hundreds of men and also torturing some of them. This is according to their relatives and some human rights activists who say the men were taken from their homes and brought to a secret prison in southern Yemen.

According to the UN, the UAE-backed Elite Forces were created to counter the rise of al-Qaeda fighters in the southeastern port city of Mukalla once the government regained control of the area in April 2016.

Weeks of interviews with family members of the disappeared led the Bureau of Investigative Journalism to conclude the mass kidnappings were part of a campaign by the Elite Forces against al-Qaeda suspects.

Activists told the Bureau many of those abducted worked normal jobs while al-Qaeda was in control of the city, but had no connections to the group.

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