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917 Human Rights Violations by Houthi, Saleh in Yemen in June | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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A boy holds up his weapon as he attends an anti-government gathering held by followers of the Houthi group in Arhab, north of Yemen’s capital Sana’a REUTERS / KHALED ABDULLAH)

Riyadh – Houthi and Saleh militias violated human rights 971 times during June where they killed 180 civilians, injured 205 and assaulted 28 others, according to Yemeni Alliance to Monitor Human Rights Violations.

Rassd News Network added that the violations, including 236 abductions, 33 forcible missing, eight tortures, ten children military recruitment, out of them five in Zamar province, three in Amran and two in al-Hodaida.

According to the report, as many as 217 incidents were committed against private properties in 15 provinces, including 148 buildings, most of them in Taiz.

Human rights activist and human rights officer of the Monitoring and Documentation Unit of the Yemeni Coalition to monitor violations Riad al-Dba’i stated that Houthis recruited children in their camps and checkpoints whether to provide services or help in non-military matters. He also added that children are assigned to inspecting cars and people which put them in danger of being bombed.

The activist explained that recruiting children can send several psychological messages. It can implicate that the children are heroes for participating, and thus they become accustomed to killing and thus violence becomes a natural part of their daily life. In addition, it also sends social messages that the kid is a criminal who is capable of killing an adult.

Dba’i called upon Houthis to honor their agreements and release all recruited children, close training centers and take responsibility of their actions.