Houthis recruit 670 under 14 children in Dhamar governorate: human rights report

Houthis recruit 670 under 14 children in Dhamar governorate: human rights report

A report conducted by the Human Rights al Rasd Team in Dhamar governorate, central Yemen, reported that the Houthi group militants and the allied forces, loyals of former president Saleh, have recruited 670 children to fight in their ranks against the government forces.

 

The report pointed out that the children' ages do not exceed 14 years. "The Houthi rebels in Dhamar are recruiting children and send them to fight in the various fronts in an attempt to bridge the shortfall in their ranks, having lost most of their armed elements".

 

According to the report, the rebels have established four special camps to recruit, gather, and train the children before sending them to fight in the various governorates, most notably was a special camp established in Anis area of Jabal al Sharq district, western Dhamar.

 

The report pointed out that most of the recruited children have been killed, while the rest were either injured or disabled.

"Other children have suffered mental and psychological illnesses after returning from the fighting fronts".

 

Al Rasd Team human rights report added that most of the children recruitment cases are not reported by their parents, whose children go to the fighting fronts without their knowledge, because of the threats they receive from the Houthis if they report it.
 



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