On Saturday, the Yemeni government called on the international community to take a clear and explicit stance towards the continued recruitment of children by the Houthi terrorist militia.
The Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Muammar Al-Eryani, described the scenes circulated from the camps set up by the Iranian terrorist Houthi militia to lure, recruit and train children as shocking.
Muammar Al-Eryani explained that the terrorist Houthi militia continues to recruit children under the cover of what it calls “summer centers” in preparation for their involvement in various fighting fronts under the UN truce, and in response to efforts to calm down, end the war and establish peace.
Al-Eryani indicated that the Houthi militia terrorist It has recruited children in the areas under its control and pushed them into the lines of fire in light of a surprising and unjustified international silence, and the failure of human rights and child protection organizations and bodies to play their role in condemning this heinous crime, and stopping the mass killing of Yemeni children.
Al-Eryani called on the international community, the United Nations, and the United Nations and American envoys for clear positions on the escalation of the terrorist Houthi militia’s recruitment operations. childrenAnd applying real pressure to stop it immediately, prosecute those responsible for it from the leaders and members of the militia and bring them to trial as “war criminals”.
In a related context, two Houthi officials told the Associated Press that the Houthis had recruited several hundred children, including 10-year-olds, in the past two months, and deployed them to the front lines as part of a mobilization of forces during the UN-brokered truce, which has held since last April.
The two Houthi officials, whom the agency described as “hardliners,” said they saw no problem with the practice, and argued that boys as young as 10 or 12 were considered men.
About two thousand children recruited by the Houthis were killed on a number of fighting fronts in Yemen between January 2020 and May 2021, according to United Nations experts.