Alhassan Ishaq, aspiring tennis champion from Yemen had trained for months and used his family’s savings crossing a war zone to reach the Asia junior championships in Qatar.
Khoukha and the nearby city of Hodeidah are controlled by Iran-allied Houthi fighters who in 2014 overran Yemen’s capital Sanaa and forced the Saudi-backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee into exile.
Saudi Arabia’s Male Guardianship Laws Stifle Women’s Freedom Despite Reform, Says Human Rights Watch Report
Dozens of Saudi women interviewed by Human Rights Watch said their lives were subject to male supervision when it came to applying for a passport, leaving the country, getting married and accessing courts and medical treatment.
Restrictions barring single men from entering malls and parks on certain days of the week are a common practice in the conservative Muslim country.