A US official involved in the push for al-Hasani’s release told CNN “The Biden administration had urged the UAE to use its influence with the STC (Southern Transitional Council) to secure its release.”
The officer asked for alimony as he was not authorized to speak on record.
The journalist was being held in al-Mansoor prison, Aden, by a separatist group supported by the United Arab Emirates, which controls a large part of southern Yemen.
Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists accused STC of “arbitrarily detaining” Hassan for “just doing his job” and that he was beaten up by his interrogators and by solitary confinement and sleep deprivation. Given.
After five years of involvement and some successes, the UAE withdrew its forces in early 2020, but it maintains operational control of several non-state actors, including the STC.
Shortly after assuming office, President Joe Biden announced the end of all US support for Saudi Arabia’s military operations in Yemen and overturned the short-lived designation of the Houthi rebels as a foreign terrorist group.