Yemen minister: 20,000 children have been recruited by Houthi militia

Yemeni children carrying weapons take part in a gathering organised by Shiite Huthi rebels to mobilize more fighters to battlefronts to fight pro-government forces, on June 18, 2017, in the capital Sanaa. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 13 June 2018
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Yemen minister: 20,000 children have been recruited by Houthi militia

  • More than 4.5 million children have been deprived of an education
  • Yemen’s Minister of Social Affairs and Labor said that 2,372 schools had also been destroyed

DUBAI: Yemen’s Minister of Social Affairs and Labor said more than 2 million Yemeni children are working due to the war triggered by the Houthi militia, while more than 20,000 have been recruited to fight in the war, violating international conventions and laws protecting children’s rights according to new statistics published by the ministry.

More than 4.5 million children have been deprived of an education, while 1.6 million have been denied access to schools during the past two years, Dr Abtaj Al-Kamal told Yemeni News Agency.

Speaking on the International Program of the Elimination of Child Labor Day, she added that 2,372 schools had also been destroyed.

She said childhood in Yemen was “extremely tragic” because of the Houthi war against the people, resulting in the increase in child labor as a result of difficult economic conditions.

She called on children’s rights organizations for greater efforts in the protection of Yemen’s children, as well as preventing child labor and returning children to school.


US says some withdrawal of militants from Syria’s Idlib -pool report

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US says some withdrawal of militants from Syria’s Idlib -pool report

  • Russia and Turkey reached a deal to set up a buffer zone running 15-20 km deep into rebel territory

ISTANBUL: There has been some withdrawal of militants from the demilitarization zone in Idlib following the Russia-Turkey deal on the northwestern Syrian region, the US special representative for Syria engagement told reporters in Ankara.
The two countries reached a deal to set up a buffer zone running 15-20 km (9-13 miles) deep into rebel territory and evacuated of all heavy weapons and all militants by Monday. Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), a militant alliance spearheaded by Al-Qaeda’s former Syrian affiliate, is the most powerful militant alliance in Idlib.
“The withdrawal of heavy weapons is complete by all accounts,” James Jeffrey said. “There is some question as to whether everybody from (Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham) has left.”