A terrorist Iranian-Houthi militia field commander has used his 4-year old daughter as a human shield. "Jameela", who, dressed in boys clothing, found herself as a partner in a military operation, with orders from her father.
Jameela is the latest victim of the Houthi militias' crimes that continue to undermine the stability and security of Yemen, through the use of child soldiers in their illegal tactics. This latest incident further sheds light on the criminal history of the Houthi militias, who forcibly recruit children, and place them on the front lines as human shields.
The United Nations has documented 1,702 different cases where Houthi militias have recruited child soldiers between March 2015 and August 2017. This is despite the minimum recruiting age for the Yemeni military as being 18 years of age.
In December 2016, the Houthis recruited more than 450 children, some of whom were under 13 years of age, from Al Mahwit Governorate, west of Sana'a. Children were kidnapped from their homes, under the guise of an invitation to attend a cultural workshop, by the Secretary-General of the local council and Houthi follower, Mohammed Yehya Abdo, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.
Last November, tribal sources revealed that hundreds of children from villages and districts south of Sana'a were taken to training camps to fight, and compensate the Houthi militias with the shortage of fighters, as a result of the successful strikes by the Yemeni National Resistance Forces, supported by the Arab Coalition.
Houthi militias continue to abuse minors, luring them under the guise of religious slogans, and sometimes bribing them with financial support, exploiting the problematic living conditions experienced by their families, and the Yemeni people in general.
According to Yemeni human rights sources, the number of Yemeni children who were forcibly recruited by the Houthi militias reached 10,000 children who were involved in battles against the legitimate government and used as human shields, an illegal practice under international law.
Reports by international human rights organisations have warned against the recruitment of child soldiers as fuel for conflict and war.
Rafael Nadal charged out of the blocks yesterday to hammer Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-1 in his opening match at the Monte Carlo Masters. The 11-time champion showed no sign of the knee problems which forced him to quit ahead of an Indian Wells semi-final against Roger Federer a month ag
Ajax stunned Juventus to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 1997 as Matthijs de Light's thumping second-half header secured a 2-1 second-leg victory in the last eight in Turin on Tuesday. Cristiano Ronaldo, bidding for his sixth Champions League title, scored
Indonesia kicked off one of the world’s biggest one-day elections yesterday, pitting president Joko Widodo against ex-general Prabowo Subianto in a race to lead the Muslim-majority nation. More than 190 million Indonesians are set to cast a ballot as polls opened shortly after 7:00
Ousted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir has been transferred to a Khartoum prison following his toppling by the army last week, a source from his family said yesterday. “Last night, Bashir was transferred to Kober prison in Khartoum,” the source said without revealing his nam
The Second Bahrain Baby Olympics came to a close yesterday in a spectacular fashion at Isa Sports City’s Bahrain Volleyball Association hall in Riffa. Attended by a capacity crowd of participants and their cheering families in the stands, the closing ceremony saw all the participant
Novak Djokovic was severely tested before securing a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber to survive his opening match at the Monte Carlo Masters yesterday. The winner of the last three Grand Slams made eight double faults, dropped serve four times and smashed a racquet after losi
Pledges from French billionaires, businesses and the public sector to help rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral reached some 700 million euros (790 million dollars) yesterday amid an outpouring of public support for one of Europe’s most iconic monuments. President Emmanuel Macron has vowed the medi
A German government plane crash-landed on Tuesday, briefly disrupting traffic at Berlin’s Schoenefeld airport, in the latest of a series of technical faults to plague the official fleet. No passengers were onboard the Luftwaffe’s Global 5000 jet, but the crew was being examine