Yemen: Houthis ruined lives of four million children

Yemen: Houthis ruined lives of four million children

Alsahwa Net- Yemen’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), Abdullah Al-Saadi told the UN Security Council (UNSC) on Friday that the Iran-backed Houthis militia ruined lives of four million children.

This came during an open debate on children and armed conflict at the UNSC where Al-Saadi explained that the Houthi militia use the bad economic standards of Yemen’s households to recruit children to fight for their side against the legitimate government.

He reaffirmed that this armed in conflict in Yemen will not be solved, but by ending the Houthis’ coup and restoring the government’s institutions from the rebels’ hands.

The GCC power transfer plan, the outcomes of the National dialogue Conference and UNSC resolutions on Yemen including the UNSC Resolution No. 2216 must be implemented to end the conflict, according to Al-Saadi.

So far, the Houthis recruited over 30,000 Yemeni children to fight for their side and this made children to go vulnerable to death, sexual abuse, and deprivation of education, according to Al-Saadai.

Nearly 3,279 children were killed during the past years of Yemen’s conflict that began in March 2015, according to Al-Saadi.

He explained that Houthis’ military recruitment of children take place at public schools, juvenile centers and orphanage houses.

Around 1.6 million Yemeni children are out of school at present due to the ongoing fighting caused by the Iran-linked Houthis who fight to establish a pro-Iran rule in Yemen, Al-Saadi highlighted.

In addition to these abuses against children, school children are also at threat because of newly established arsenals that were built by the Houthis nearby schools in residential areas.

15 female school children were killed last April when a missile -store nearby a public school in Sa’awan quarter of Sana’a exploded. 102 female school children were also injured in the same blast.

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