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Shock as Houthi minister proposes closing schools, sending children to war

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Hassan Zaid, the minister of youth and sports in the Houthi government in Sanaa, called for closing schools and sending students to battle fronts.

The minister’s proposal revealed the Houthis’ intentions to mobilize efforts to recruit children and send them to war.

“Wouldn’t we be able to reinforce the ranks with hundreds of thousands (of fighters) and win the battle?” Zaid wrote on Facebook.

His statements sparked outrage on social media. One user proposed leaving students at schools and sending ministers and their bodyguards to war instead.