Yemen Gov’t calls for containing African refugees crisis
5/1/2019 11:20:00 PM
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Alsahwa Net- The Iran-backed Houthi rebels have intensified the recruitment of African refugees and use them in fighting and smuggling invalid materials to Saudi Arabia.
Yemen Local Minister Abdul-Raqeeb Fatah has called the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to assume responsibility towards the African refugees flowing to Yemen, find solutions to reduce their flow to Yemen.
Fatah also demanded to prepare housing camps and take needed actions to avoid the refugees of being be recruited by the Houthis.
The Houthis have brought thousands of Africans to Hodeida with the aim of reinforcing their battlefields, Spokesman of the Yemeni Army Abdu Mujali has stated.
He said that the Houthis forced a number of refugees coming from African countries to join their military camps in Hodeida.
He also said that the Houthi recently increased the recruitment of children by force, threatening the families that refuse allowance their sons to be recruited.
Many families are shocked when their sons are brought back to them as corpses after they are abducted by the Houthis, mostly from schools, the sources added.
Human Rights Minister has accused the Iran-backed Houthi rebels of recruiting 25,000 children and involving them in their senseless wars.
“The Houthis had admitted that they recruited 18,000 children, but the real figure is more than that” he added.
“In late December 2018, a roadmap was signed to end the child soldiers recruitment with UNICEF because the phenomenon of child recruitment largely spread” he went on.
He highly praised efforts exerted by the UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths to end the Yemen war, calling Russia and the international community to put pressures on the Houthis to implement the Stockholm agreement.