Yemen People: Houthis are conscripting Yemeni children

October 21, 2018

The Houthi militia in Yemen, conscripting infants for front-line fighting and refusing to support Yemeni families unless they allow members to fight for them, according to Hodeidah residents. The Iran-backed group has shield routes from the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah and is not permitting people to escape to areas under control of pro-government forces.“Those who want to flee are allowed to do so to rebel-held Sanaa, on condition they leave behind at least two male members of the family to be recruited by the Houthis,” said one resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear of reprisal.“They also have a system in which they distribute two kilos of rice and promise monthly aid to families that have members registered to fight with the Houthi militia.” The Houthis have contacted civilians to collect information on their male family members. Other tactics, however, have been more aggressive, according to An activist in Hodeidah.”Many fathers were forcibly taken to secret prisons, their relatives don’t have any information about their whereabouts yet because they refused to send their sons to the fronts,” the activist added.

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