One of the prisoners rests after taking a walk at the Marib General Hospital in Yemen. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
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Many of them, an Associated Press investigation found, suffered extreme torture -- smashed in their faces with batons, hung by their wrists or genitals for weeks at a time or scorched with acid.The AP spoke with 23 people who said they survived or witnessed torture in Houthi detention sites, as well as with eight relatives of detainees, five lawyers and rights activists, and three security officers involved in previous prisoner swaps who said they saw torture marks on inmates.The Abductees' Mothers Union, an association of female relatives of detainees jailed by Houthis, has documented more than 18,000 detainees in the last four years, including 1,000 cases of torture in a network of secret prisons, according to Sabah Mohammed, a representative of the group in the city of Marib.The mothers' group says at least 126 prisoners have died from torture since the Houthis took over the capital, Sanaa, in late 2014 .Houthi leaders previously have denied they engage in torture, though they did not respond to repeated AP requests for comment in recent weeks.Yahia al-Houthi, the brother of the group's top leader, set up a committee in 2016 to investigate reports of torture.The video report echoes the accounts victims gave to the AP.
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