Saudi ambassador to US: Daily Houthi violations of children's rights must end
Saudi Prince Khalid bin Salman posted a series of tweets on Thursday condemning the Houthi militias' recruitment of children in Yemen.
In his first tweet, he posted four pictures of children looking as young as five years old, some dressed in military clothing and others seemingly chanting.
The recruitment of children by the Iran backed Houthis is a heinous crime that we can no longer tolerate.— Khalid bin Salman خالد بن سلمان (@kbsalsaud) ٣ يناير ٢٠١٩
Houthis force recruitment from schools & playgrounds, threaten/terrorize families who refuse, and proceed to use them as cannon fodder. pic.twitter.com/KWUZKiYgXB
The prince also discussed the cases of children who were saved by KSRelief, describing them as “shocked by the horrors of war, where they find themselves between death and gunfire, and bodily remains.”
KSA has proudly rehabilitated hundreds of Yemeni children. Kids often come in shocked by the horrors of war, where they find themselves between death, gunfire, and bodily remains.We have repeatedly expressed the need for the int’l community to take a firm stand against this crime— Khalid bin Salman خالد بن سلمان (@kbsalsaud) ٣ يناير ٢٠١٩
Condemning the international community and media for ignoring the Houthis’ daily violation of children’s rights, Prince Khalid said that child recruitment "must end once and for all."
For too long, the international community and media have unfortunately ignored the Houthis daily violation of children’s rights. KSA calls for a serious sustained global initiative to combat the recruitment of children in battles; especially in Yemen. It must end once and for all— Khalid bin Salman خالد بن سلمان (@kbsalsaud) ٣ يناير ٢٠١٩