The Arab website “Arab21” quotes jihadist sources in Yemen claiming that the Islamic State recently purchased Houthi prisoners for the purpose of executing them in propaganda videos.
The Houthis were arrested by local Yemeni fighters and sold to ISIS as slaves, according to the website.
In a video report, the website states “the Yemenite branch of the Islamic State paid the sums of money for the Houthi prisoners in order to execute them in a Hollywood-like production meant to increase the organization’s popularity.”
The website reports that about two months ago the Yemen-based branch of Al-Qaeda confirmed on its Twitter account that the Houthi prisoners held by ISIS were not taken captive but purchased by ISIS.
Last week, ISIS released a series of execution videos purportedly filmed in Yemen. Houthi prisoners were murdered in several scenes.
The Daily Mail reported:
Four videos show Houthi rebels, who are battling both the government and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), being executed in different sickening scenarios in a desert location.
Six men were blown up by a rocket launcher, another six were put on a boat which was sent out to sea and exploded, four were obliterated by the mortar shells hung around their necks, and nine were beheaded with sharp daggers.