Houthis steps up recruitment of child fighters

Houthis steps up recruitment of child fighters

The Houthis have stepped up the recruitment of child fighters among young boys of schools and orphanages in the capital Sana'a which the extremist Shiit Islamist militia controls, several media reported including the London-based daily al-Sharq al-Awsat.

Educationalists in Sana'a who wanted their identity not to be revealed for security reasons told al-Sharq al-Awsat on Thursday that "in the previous two weeks the militia "has stepped up its recruitment among schoolboys in Sana'a and extended the recruitments to Hajjah, Mahweet, Dhamar and Raymah."

The militia "imposes on the boys the lectures of the group's leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi and audio records that call for Jihad," said the sources.

The sources said the militia "lately stepped up their recruitments inside orphanage schools which they control through rousing anthemes and ideologizing lectures." "They indoctrinate the students intellectually and religiously before taking them to military recruitment camps."  

At the beginning of this school year, the Sports Minister in the Houthis' self-proclaimed government Hassan Zayd had called for the closure of all schools and sending all the students to fight the government.

 In a facebook post, he said: "What if the schools close for a year and all the students and their teachers go to military (training camps)? Won't we be able to supply the warfronts with hundreds of thousands of fighters and be able to fully win the battle?"



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