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Yemen: Eryani Accuses Houthis of Recruiting 23k Children

Yemen: Eryani Accuses Houthis of Recruiting 23k Children

Friday, 27 September, 2019 - 11:00
Houthis ride in the back of a vehicle during their withdrawal from Saleef port in Hodeidah (Reuters)

Yemeni Information Minister Muammar al-Eryani said that the Houthi militia recruited more than 23,000 children, according to the latest statistics.

The exploitation of children under 18 years of age by Houthis is the bloodiest and most tragic among this militia's crimes. Dozens of international reports tackled how the Houthis dragged the children by force from their houses to brainwashed and trained them before bringing them back in coffins, he added.

The terrorist attack against Aramco and Houthi attempts to claim responsibility for it and cover up for the real perpetrator reaffirm that the main target of Houthis is to implement Iranian agendas in Yemen, the Yemeni minister noted.

On the sidelines of the 42nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Eryani told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the Iranian regime is using its arms in the region to run its subversive policy for the sake of pressuring and blackmailing the world, enhancing its negotiation stance, lifting intentional sanctions, accomplishing its political and economic goals, and imposing its expansionary plot in the region.

This will not be allowed by Arab countries no matter what, he affirmed.

During five years of war, Houthis committed all kinds of crimes and violations against civilians disregarding the international regulations that ban using civilians for fighting purposes, the minister decried.

Eryani pointed out that since the coup the Houthis have been occupying the state institutions and the public facilities such as universities schools, hospitals, health centers, mosques, and sports clubs. They transformed them into barracks and headquarters to train members and store weapons.

Houthis tend to implant landmines randomly in order to compensate for the shortage in fighters and block the advance of the Yemeni Army to liberate the remaining provinces.

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