Arab Coalition: 86 child soldiers recruited by Houthis returned to families in Yemen

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Yemeni children carrying weapons take part in a gathering organized by Houthi militants to mobilize more fighters to battlefronts to fight pro-government forces. (AFP)
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A Yemeni boy poses with a Kalashnikov assault rifle during a gathering of newly-recruited Houthi militants in the capital Sanaa. (AFP)
Updated 11 August 2018

Arab Coalition: 86 child soldiers recruited by Houthis returned to families in Yemen

  • The coalition also stressed that the safety of Yemeni children was a priority, as well as ensuring that they were not recruited or affected by the war
  • KSRelief launched a rehabilitation project in Marib for child soldiers recruited by Houthis

DUBAI: The Saudi-led Arab Coalition issued a statement on Saturday saying that the Houthi militia continues to recruit children and put them in harm's way, adding that the coalition has returned 86 child soldiers to the families.

The coalition also stressed that the safety of Yemeni children was a priority, as well as ensuring that they were not recruited or affected by the war.

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) launched last month the second part of the fifth and sixth phases of a rehabilitation project in Marib for children who were recruited and used by Houthi militias as child soldiers.
The 27 child recruits will benefit from a month-long psycho-social program that aims to ease them back into normal life and eradicate the effects that Houthi recruitment had on them.
The project recently celebrated the graduation of the first group of children from the fifth and sixth phase. This group was made up of 80 children who were recruited from various Yemeni provinces.
The project is part of a KSrelief plan to rehabilitate 2,000 children who were recruited by Houthi militias in Yemen.


Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

Updated 22 October 2019

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

  • “We share common values,” said Majid Al-Qasabi

TOKYO: Saudi Arabia has a “special relationship” with Japan, which is “reliable strategic partner and friend” of the Kingdom, the Saudi Minister for Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qasabi said on Monday.

The minister was speaking at the launch in Tokyo of the Japanese-language online edition of Arab News, in the latest stage of its global expansion. The event came on the eve of Tuesday’s ceremonial enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in the Japanese capital. “This is a great opportunity, a moment in history,” Al-Qasabi said.

The news website, published in Japanese and English, will focus on enabling the exchange of information between Japan and the Arab world in business, current affairs, and arts and culture. “It will be good to have news in Japanese so many Japanese can read about the Arab world,” Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono said at the launch.

Common values

“We share common values, we have a high respect for the elders and we think that the family is very important … to me we are friends and I think we need to work together.

“In order to do that we need to know what people in the Middle East are actually thinking, what is happening on a daily basis, and we haven’t got the source for that — but now Arab News is in Japan.

“This is a very good means to exchange information between the Middle East and Japan, so I am very much looking forward to it.”