Arab coalition says taking child recruitment allegations seriously, to conduct investigations

Coalition spokesperson, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said that the coalition will conduct investigations into these allegations under international humanitarian law and relevant conventions relating to children. (AFP)
Updated 26 April 2019

Arab coalition says taking child recruitment allegations seriously, to conduct investigations

The Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen said it was taking allegations regarding the recruitment of child soldiers by any members of the coalition seriously, Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.

Coalition spokesperson, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said that the coalition will conduct investigations into these allegations under international humanitarian law and relevant conventions relating to children.

The coalition says it is taking measures to prevent the participation of under-18s from all member states.

Al-Maliki concluded his statement by stressing the commitment of the joint forces command of the coalition to apply international humanitarian law in Yemen.

He stated that the coalition applies a series of procedures and records data that is constantly reviewed to ensure that the legal and operational standards are applied.  

Al-Malik pointed out that the coalition has so far rescued and rehabilitated 102 child recruits from the Houthi militia.


Egypt footballer gets harassed for sharing photo with his 3-year-old girl

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Egypt footballer gets harassed for sharing photo with his 3-year-old girl

CAIRO: An Egyptian footballer has threatened to sue Instagram users who sent abusive messages this week over photos of himself and his three-year-old daughter.
The incident involving Amre Soulia, a player at Al-Ahly football club, has caused a storm on social media in Egypt after comments on his photos triggered widespread anger over harassment.  
The player publicly called out a number of people who had harassed him and his daughter by sharing screenshots of their comments that mainly targeted what the young girl was wearing - a black T-shirt and jeans.
The player is seen holding his daughter’s hand while she smiles back at him.  

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“May God save her for you … but I hope you make your daughter wear respectable clothes because you’re a respectful player,” one user wrote to Soulia.
Another user said: “Cover up your daughter, son, so that she grows to become one (who’s covered).”
Several other sexually-loaded remarks targeted the little girl, prompting the player to take legal action against them. 
“All legal measures were taken and a lawsuit was filed against anyone who insulted me or any member of my family,” Soulia wrote on his social media account. 
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The incident is the latest in Egypt, where sexual assault and harassment are deep-seated problems. 
Egyptian actor Sherif Mounir recently hit out at people who insulted his teenage daughters in a picture he shared of them on Instagram.