Houthi militias ‘recruiting children’ in Yemen

Houthi rebels, dressed in army fatigues, march in a parade during a gathering in the capital Sanaa to mobilize more fighters to battlefronts to fight pro-government forces in several Yemeni cities, on January 1, 2017. (AFP)

Houthi militias forcefully recruited more than 450 children from al-Mahwit governorate west of Sanaa, in December, and sent them to war fronts despite their parents’ reluctance, it has been revealed.

Local sources say Houthi rebels in al-Mahwit governorate recruited children less than 13 years of age and sent them to various fronts, mainly Nahm.

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Meanwhile tribal sources told Al-Arabiya.net that Houthi militias recently opened camps to train hundreds of children in Mahwit, adding that other camps were also established in Amran.

They also said these children are either told they will be given weapons or kidnapped from their parents. According to them, dozens have been killed and their bodies returned to their families in Nahm. Yemeni human rights sources estimate that Houthi militias recruited around 10,000 children during 2016 alone.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49