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Armed campaigns in 4 cities force school students to donate to militia fighters on the frontlines

At a time when the Iranian-backed Houthi militias are preparing to conduct an accurate inventory of the data of millions of students in the cities they control in preparation for the imposition of forced conscription, Yemeni sources working in the public education sector revealed that the militias carried out a field campaign to hundreds of government schools in 4 cities with the aim of collecting money from students. and female students in support of her war effort.

The sources said that Houthi teams, recently formed under instructions from leaders of the group, made several field visits to hundreds of schools in the capital, Sana’a and its countryside, and the cities of Ibb and Dhamar, and distributed empty parcels to students, urging them, after a series of mobilizing and inciting lectures, to put part of their daily school expenses as support for militia fighters.

The sources pointed out that the group’s instructions obligated the directors and departments of government schools in the targeted cities to cooperate with the formed field teams and to collect financial donations in all possible ways within a maximum period of two weeks.

The sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that the group’s teams that visited hundreds of schools over the past few days refused to take empty parcels from some students who were unable to pay the donations, and gave them an additional deadline to deliver the parcels after placing the amounts.

The sources said that the school administrations within the districts of the capital Sana’a and its countryside and some cities under the control of the group stood during the past two days accompanied by armed men at the gates of each school and prevented male and female students from entering it except after paying the sums imposed on them.

In a related context, educators and parents in Sana’a reported that the armed manifestations accompanying these field teams left many students in a state of fear and panic as they wandered around the courtyards and classrooms of dozens of schools.

A number of them complained, to Asharq Al-Awsat, about the group’s return to targeting students, most of whom are children, and forcing them to donate their daily expenses, which they described as “modest” to the militia fighters on the fronts.

They considered that this comes as a continuation of the group’s approach to collecting and looting citizens’ money, in light of difficult and harsh living and economic conditions.

The educators attributed the reasons for the group’s current resort to implementing this step as a result of the stifling financial crisis that the militias are currently facing and their great failure to continue paying the expenses of the war that ignited its fire seven years ago.

For their part, parents of students in Sana’a expressed their anger and resentment at the group’s return to carry out campaigns to steal the daily school money of their students and use it for the war effort.

In their interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, they pointed out that the group is still dealing, as usual, since its coup, with government education, whether preliminary, basic, preparatory, secondary and university as an economic resource that generates huge sums of money for each new academic year.

On the same issue, an official source in the education sector in Sana’a revealed that the Houthi education militia is currently making preparations to start conducting a comprehensive inventory of all information and data related to school students in the capital, Sana’a, in preparation for the imposition of forced conscription against them.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Asharq Al-Awsat that in the coming days, the group will require primary school students in a number of the capital’s schools to bring birth certificates in return for allowing them to enter their schools to continue their education.

He said that the group gave a deadline for students to bring their data, which expires before the start of the midterm exams, noting that these procedures are aimed at knowing the ages of all students in preparation for submitting them to intensive courses before being forced into combat.

The educational source expressed his deep regret for the militias’ continued use of school students of all ages as fuel in the group’s battles. He said that the expected Houthi targeting of school students for recruitment was preceded by a proposal by leaders in the group to send school students to the fronts.

Over the years, local and international reports have accused the militias of carrying out an endless series of attacks against hundreds of educational facilities, especially schools, which turned them into a quagmire to plant their Iranian ideas.


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