2,000 child soldiers hired by the Houthi rebels in Yemen were killed in action: UN report


UN experts said that about 2,000 child soldiers hired by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen died on the battlefield between January 2020 and May 2021, leaving the Houthi young. He said in a new report that he continues to hold camps and courses that encourage him to fight.

Experts said in a report to the UN Security Council circulated on Saturday that the Houthis, also known as the Shiite rebels in Yemen, tried to spread their Yemen and recruit children to fight in seven years. A war with the internationally recognized government of Yemen, backed by a Saudi-led coalition that said it had investigated several summer camps in the mosque.

“Children are instructed to shout the Houthi slogan,” Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse of Jews, Victory of Islam, “” said a committee of four experts. “At one camp, seven-year-olds were taught to clean their weapons and avoid rockets.”

Experts say that 10 cases where children were taken to fight after they were enrolled in a cultural course or were told they had already taken such a course, humanitarian aid is a family Said that he recorded nine cases offered or rejected. Based on whether they taught the Houthi curriculum to combat and teachers, “and one case of sexual violence against military-trained children.

The panel includes a list of 1,406 children recruited by the Houthi who died on the battlefield in 2020 and 562 children recruited by rebels who died on the battlefield between January and May 2021. He said he received a list of children.

“They were 10 to 17 years old,” experts said, and “a significant number” were killed in Amran, Damar, Hajjah, Hudaydah, Eve, Sada, and Sana’a.

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On December 5, 2014, a young Yemeni armed loyal to the Shiite Muslim Houthi movement that ruled Sana’a was damaged by the Yemeni ambassador in the Yemeni capital, which was the target of a car bomb earlier this week. I’m protecting my house. (MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP via Getty Images)

Yemen has been in Yemen since 2014, when the Houthis occupied the capital Sana’a and most of the northern part of the country, forcing the internationally recognized government of Abd Rab Mansour Hadi to flee south and then to Saudi Arabia. , Is involved in the civil war. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates intervened in the Houthi movement in 2015 with the support of the United States at the time, with the aim of regaining power in the government. However, the conflict, which became a regional proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, has been stalled for years, killing tens of thousands of Yemen, mainly civilians. Millions of people are suffering from food and medical shortages, and the country is on the verge of famine.

In February 2020, the Biden administration removed the Houthi from the U.S. foreign terrorist watch list, along with progressive advocates and legacy media focused primarily on Saudi Arabia’s contributions, along with a Saudi-led coalition in the region. Announced that it will end support for its activities. Yemen’s humanitarian crisis.

By shifting the front lines on the ground in recent weeks, the Houthi’s attacks have escalated following the controversial acquisition by UAE support forces in Malibu, which the Houthi have been trying to take for over a year. .. Allied airstrikes killed three people in a strike near Abu Dhabi International Airport, following two Houthi attacks in the UAE using missiles and drones.

Experts have said that the Houthis continues to attack Saudi Arabia in the air and at sea, with targets near the border most at risk, usually with a combination of unmanned drones and short-range rockets several times a week. He said he was doing it. However, rebels also continue to reduce the frequency of long-range drones, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles deep inside Saudi Arabia, they said.

According to experts, the Red Sea used an improvised explosive device on the water to attack a commercial vessel moored in a port in Saudi Arabia, more than 1,000 kilometers from the Yemeni coast. “It seems almost certain that these devices were launched from the’mothership’that would have been towing the devices on most trips,” they said.

“The purpose of these attacks was primarily political, which means that the Houthis wants to push Riyadh in the direction of accepting political solutions that are beneficial to them,” experts said. “This is in contrast to the use of missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles in Yemen. The purpose is often to achieve maximum case fatality.”

The report on page 303 states that violations of international humanitarian and human rights law are “norms, not exceptions” to the Yemeni dispute, saying that “all parties have committed” arbitrary arrests and detentions, enforced disappearances, torture and ill-treatment. Said.

Immigrants remain particularly vulnerable to abuse and human rights abuses, experts say, and in areas controlled by Houthi, detention and the judicial system “quenched opposition and objections, especially by journalists, women and religious minorities. Used for “.

The annual UN report, which covers the years up to December 5, 2021, stated that the Houthi and their loyal paramilitaries continue to violate the UN arms embargo.

“Most types of unmanned aerial vehicles, improvised explosive devices, and short-range rockets are assembled in the Houthi controlled area using locally available materials and commercial components such as engines and electronics procured from abroad. A complex network of intermediaries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, “said the panel.

Evidence shows that weapon components and other military equipment “continue to be supplied by land to the Houthi army by Oman-based individuals and groups,” according to experts.

Oman, which borders Yemen, is the only regional country other than Iran that maintains war neutrality and maintains ties with the Houthi.

The United States and Saudi Arabia have accused Iran of supplying the Houthi with weapons in violation of the arms embargo. Experts have reported the seizure of some Iranian weapons, but the Iranian government continues to deny its involvement in providing weapons to rebels.

The Epoch Times contributed to this report.

Reuters

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