Rights Group: Houthis perpetrated 66,000 violations against children in Yemen
Both the Saudi-led coaltion and the Iranian-backed Houthis have been convicted of war-crimes against the Yemenis, including children.
Yemen’s Houthi group has reportedly carried out about 65,971 violations against children, the Yemeni Network for Rights and Freedoms disclosed on Tuesday.
According to the Anadolu Agency, the Yemeni organization disclosed that it had documented these violations between January 2015 and August 2019.
The Houthis gained control of parts of Yemen, including the capital Sana’a, in 2014, ousting the internationally recognized government.
“The violations committed by the Houthis comprised killings, recruitment, kidnappings, and detention in 17 out of 22 Yemeni governorates,” the report said.
It stated that 7,120 children were killed, including 79 infants, due to sniper attacks, bombings, landmines, and as a result of the blockade.
The report also documented 465 detentions and kidnappings in 16 out of 22 governorates and the displacement of 43,608 children.
Meanwhile, it revealed that 12,341 children under the age of 14 were recruited by the Houthis and forced to take part in the fighting.
The Houthis have not commented on the report.
War-torn Yemen has been beset by violence and chaos since 2014, when the Houthis overran much of the country, including the capital, Sana’a. The crisis soared in 2015 when a Saudi-led military coalition began a devastating air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi territorial gains.
Saudi Arabia and its allies have also been convicted of war crimes in Yemen.
The war, in which the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US) back the Saudi-led coalition, has murdered more than 100,000 people and pushed millions to the brink of famine and starvation, according to the United Nations (UN) official data.
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