Yemen's Houthi militia recruit African refugees to fight: Yemeni president

 Yemen's Houthi militia recruit African refugees to fight:  Yemeni president

Al-Masdaronline, Yemen, Newsroom, Monday, September 19, 2016

 

 

Yemeni president Abdu Rabu Mansoor Hadi at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has said on Monday that Houthi militia has used and recruited African refugees as mercenaries at its wars.

 

"1.2 million Refugees or illegal migrants are currently in Yemen, and there are 14,000 refugees arrive the country monthly, out of whom 12,000 are from Ethiopia and 2,000 from Somalia." Said Hadi

President Hadi confirmed that Houthi militia take advantage of those refugees especially Somalis and take them to fight beside its fighters, and forces of legitimate government caught Somali children at fighting fronts.

 

  "The number of the new arrivals to Yemen in the first half of this year has reached 61,000 as per UN figures." Hadi added

The president called the international community and aid agencies for support and humanitarian assistance for those refugees, migrants and stranded people.

 

According to the speech published by Sheba state agency, Hadi stated that Yemen already has three million internally displaced people (IDPs) due to the aggression of Houthi militia and allied forces loyal to former president Saleh on cities and population.

 

He added that refugees are treated like Yemenis, and “they study in our schools and universities…and compete with Yemenis for jobs opportunities.

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