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Buthaina’s appearance in Riyadh daunts Houthi propaganda machine

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The appearance of Yemeni child Buthaina al-Rimi in Riyadh has surprised the Houthi militias in Sanaa and deterred their propaganda machine.

A video of Buthaina, who was the lone survivor of a raid that wrongly targeted her house, appeared showing her with her uncle in Riyadh at the King Salman Center, where she is receiving treatment under the patronage of King Salman.

The Houthi militias propagated in their media that the child was under their care while their partner Ali Abdullah Saleh also claimed that he has guaranteed her sponsorship.

The Houthis exploited the tragedy of Buthaina, the youngest of five, in an attempt to gain public sympathy while trying to hide their record of child abuse, kidnapping, murder and forced recruitment into armed battle.

After the appearance of Buthaina in Riyadh with her uncle and his family, the militias stated that the girl was abducted and hastily published a false judgment document from a court under their control in Sanaa granting her custody to her grandmother.

The document, viewed by Al Arabiya, showed contradicting dates for the ruling proving the efforts to politicize the situation.

A number of Buthaina’s relatives were also arrested on suspicion of collaborating to get her from Sanaa to Aden and then Riyadh.