The Yemeni Ministry of Defense on
Monday called on the international community and humanitarian and human rights
organizations to exert pressure on the Houthi militia to stop their
violations against children through their massive recruitment campaign.
Yemeni military chief of staff Gen Taher Al Aqili said that the Houthi militias are recruiting children, abducting some of them and forcing them to fight, adding that the national army has found many children dead among the fighting militia.
Human rights organizations in Yemen have documented the recruitment of about 2,500 children, mostly from Sana'a, Dhamar, Amran, Mahwit and Hajjah, in contravention of international conventions and laws protecting children's rights.
Aqili pointed out that children who were abducted by the Houthis are being treated at a special rehabilitation center at the expense of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center and will then be handed over to their families and return to school.