While its violations against Yemeni children continue, the Houthi militia in Al-Hodeidah governorate has kidnapped students and young people and forced them to the battlefronts.
In the details, local Houthi leaders in the districts of Al-Jarrahi, Zabid and Jabal Ras, south of Hodeidah, during the past days, kidnapped a number of students and young people and plunged them into battles without the knowledge of their families, according to local media.
Intrusion and kidnapping
The militias pushed these children into the battles in the Hays district, south of Hodeidah, and put them in the front lines.
In addition, the families said that the Houthis stormed some homes, kidnapped children and pushed them to the frontlines without their knowledge, calling on the authorities concerned with children’s rights to put pressure on the militias and return their children.
It is noteworthy that the Yemeni Minister of Legal Affairs and Human Rights, Ahmed Arman, had confirmed on Sunday that the Houthi militia had committed horrific violations against Yemeni children, causing the killing of children, in clear defiance of all international and local laws and covenants.
Arman said in a press statement that “in light of their continued violations of children’s rights, the Houthis have used tens of thousands of children under the age of eighteen on the frontlines since their coup against power in 2014,” according to the official news agency “Saba”.
He also indicated that the militias used children as human shields at military points and as informants, in addition to their indiscriminate bombing of a number of populated areas, which claimed the lives of thousands of children and women.
He also confirmed that the mines planted by the Houthis on farms, roads and residential areas had killed a large number of children, including those who had permanent disabilities and lost one or both limbs without taking into account the lives of civilians.
Converting schools into camps
Arman stressed that the Houthis’ use of schools and educational facilities, turning them into camps and weapons depots, and destroying them through indiscriminate bombing with rockets and artillery shells, is a violation of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.
He also called on the international community to pressure the Houthi militia to stop these violations and take a serious stand to protect Yemeni children from arbitrary behavior and massive recruitment processes, and to provide support to the government to help it implement the national strategy to combat the recruitment and use of children in the armed conflict.
More than 35,000 children
And the Deputy Permanent Representative of Yemen to the United Nations, Marwan Noman, announced last September (2021) that the militias have recruited more than 35,000 children since 2014, 17% of whom are under the age of eleven, while more than 6,700 children are still on the frontlines.
In turn, the US envoy to Yemen, Tim Lenderking, stressed in the same month that the Houthis’ recruitment of child soldiers and the military escalation are all practices that undermine peace efforts.
A Yemeni human rights network documented 20,977 cases of violations against Yemeni children, in addition to the displacement and displacement of more than 43,000 children by militias from January 2017 to March 2021.