In this May 9, 2017 photo, shows a deserted cell in the public section of Aden Central Prison is shown in in Aden, Yemen. (AP Photo/Maad El Zikry, File)
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The United Arab Emirates Thursday rejected Amnesty International's report that its forces tortured detainees at a network of secret prisons in southern Yemen, describing it as "politically motivated".The UAE, a key U.S. ally, says it has never run prisons or secret detention centers in Yemen and that prisons there are under the authority of the Yemeni government.The UAE is one of the leading countries in an alliance of Arab states fighting in Yemen in support of a government based in the south of the country, against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement that controls the capital Sanaa and much of the north.However, Interior Minister in the southern-based government Ahmed al-Maysari appeared to contradict that statement earlier this week by calling on the UAE to shut down or hand over prisons it runs.
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