Houthis take advantage of summer holidays to encourage children to fight and kill through sectarian centers

July 6, 2019
Yemeni educational sources said that the leaders of the Houthi militias imposed on principals of schools and education offices in Sana’a and the nearby areas under their control the opening of summer centers to attract
children and teach them methods of fighting to attract children to join the fighting fronts.
The Houthi militia has established what it called “summer centers”, claiming that its goal is to “exploit students’ leisure time and their summer vacation in learning the Koran.” However, it is most likely that the aim of these centers is to brainwash the children and prepare them to the fronts.
Yemeni Information Minister Muammar al-Iryani warned of the use of the Huthi militia for the summer camps in their areas and turning them into closed camps to attract children and mobilize them with extremist ideas and train
them to fight.
“The information confirms that some of what the militia calls” summer centers are closed terrorist camps and co-managed by Iranian experts to train children on light and medium weapons and push them on the fronts of fighting and the dissemination of extremist ideas on Yemen, “he said.
Al-Eryani pointed out that the Houthi militia resorted to the recruitment of children in the so-called “summer centers” to compensate for human losses on the fronts of fighting, especially with the reluctance of tribesmen to join the ranks after being exposed to the fact that it is an arm managed by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. He called on parents in areas controlled by the Huthi militia not to leave their children between the hands of militias to be used as fuel to their battles.
He also called on the international community, the United Nations, human rights and child protection organizations to take action to “stop these crimes and not leave the children of Yemen at the mercy of the Huthi militia and allow them to tamper with children.”
The Houthis centers are a summer holiday for school children between the ages of 6 and 16, an important season for recruitment, especially with the crisis of fighters faced by the Huthi militia after losing their human
stockpiles in battles on different fronts.
The establishment of these centers is followed by the attention of the Huthi leaders, including the militia leader Abdul Malik al-Houthi, who called on parents to push their children to join these centers.

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