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Nearly 2,000 children recruited by Houthi rebels dead


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Washington Examiner

Thousands of children recruited and taught to fight by Yemen's Houthi rebels have been reported dead as a result of ongoing fighting.

A four-member panel of experts released a report to the United Nations Security Council detailing that almost 2,000 children had been reported dead between January 2020 and May 2021, according to the Associated Press. Lists obtained by the panel showed that 1,406 children died fighting during 2020, and 562 died between January and May of 2021.



"They were aged between 10 and 17 years old," the panel said. A large portion of the children had been killed in places such as Amran, Dhamar, Hajjah, Ibb, Saada, and Sanaa.

The panel said that they had investigated several schools and mosques where Houthi rebels were running summer camps. At these camps, children "as young as 7" were taught how to "clean weapons and evade rockets," along with learning Houthi ideology.

"The children are instructed to shout the Houthi slogan 'death to America, death to Israel, curse the Jews, victory to Islam,'" said the panel.:snip:

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