Houthis use children to fuel war, Yemen’s PM tells UNICEF regional director

Houthi militia use children to fuel their war in Yemen, Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed says. (File/ AFP)
Updated 04 December 2018
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Houthis use children to fuel war, Yemen’s PM tells UNICEF regional director

  • During a meeting in Aden, the Yemeni prime minister said children were the most vulnerable in the war
  • He said that the militia were abducting children from their homes

Houthi militia use children to fuel their war in Yemen, Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed told UNICEF’s regional director for the Middle East and North Africa on Monday in Aden, the Saudi Press Agency reported. 

During a meeting in Aden with Khairat Kabalari, the Yemeni prime minister said children were the most vulnerable in the war and that the militia were abducting them from their homes and using them to fight on the front lines. 

Kabalari said UNICEF was working to expand its activities in Yemen in health, education, water and the environment, and to identify the emergency needs of the Yemeni people.


Syria media says no attack on airport after reported air defense fire

Syrian pro-government forces hold a position near the village of al-Malihah, in the northern countryside of Deir Ezzor, on September 9, 2017, during the ongoing battle against Daesh group. (AFP)
Updated 10 December 2018
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Syria media says no attack on airport after reported air defense fire

  • The accidental downing of a Russian transport aircraft by Syrian ground batteries during an Israel air strike on September 17 killed 15 service personnel

DAMASCUS: Syrian state media said Sunday that air defenses had opened fire near Damascus airport, before withdrawing the report after what appeared to be a false alarm.
“Our air defenses engaged hostile aerial targets in the vicinity of Damascus International Airport,” the official SANA news agency said, without providing more details.
But the report was later withdrawn by both SANA and state television without explanation.
SANA then quoted sources at the airport as saying that “there was no aggression” and that “traffic was normal.”
A well-informed source told AFP that “there was evidently a false alarm.”
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the sound of explosions rocked an area close to the airport and fire from air defenses was also heard.
The latest incident comes just over a week after Syria accused Israel of striking south of the capital.
The Britain-based Observatory said those were the first missiles to hit Syria since an air defense upgrade after the downing of a Russian plane in September.
Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes in neighboring Syria against what it says are Iranian targets, many of them in the area south of Damascus.
Iran and Russia are the government’s key allies in the civil war that has raged Syria since 2011, and Moscow’s intervention in 2015 dramatically turned the tables against the rebels.
The accidental downing of a Russian transport aircraft by Syrian ground batteries during an Israel air strike on September 17 killed 15 service personnel.
Moscow pinned responsibility for the downing on Israel, saying its fighter jet used the larger Russian one for cover, an allegation Israel disputed.
Russia subsequently upgraded Syrian air defenses with the delivery of the advanced S-300 system, which Damascus insisted would make Israel “think carefully” before carrying out further air raids.
The move raised fears in Israel that its ability to rein in its arch foe Iran’s military presence in Syria would be sharply reduced.
But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russia that Israel would continue to hit hostile targets, while also maintaining “security coordination” with Moscow.