ACJ Documents the Killing of a Child Soldier in Marib despite of the Truce and Calls for a Commitment to Halt Child Recruitment

The American Center for Justice (ACJ) documents the killing of a child recruited by the Houthi group (Ansar Allah) in armed clashes south of Marib last week despite the humanitarian truce.

According to the sources of the American Center for Justice (ACJ), Abdulrahman Bakil Muhsen Al-Ali, who is under 15 years old and is from Al-Dhabr irea in Al-Mahwit Governorate, killed in confrontations between the Houthi group (Ansar Allah) and government forces south of Marib on the 13th of this month while accompanying a Houthi leader named Hatem Mohsen al-Hasabi, nicknamed Abu Sajjad, who was also killed in the same confrontations, despite the validity of the humanitarian truce announced by the United Nations and abided by all parties.

On the 14 April, the Saba News Agency run by the Houthi group, reported the funeral of Hatem Mohsen Al-Hasbi and Abdul -Rahman Bakil Al-Ali, who, according to the agency, were killed in the battles, without giving further details.

Although The United Nations announced that the Houthi group had signed an “action plan” with it to stop the recruitment of children, protect them and prevent grave violations against them in the context of the armed conflict, including using them in support roles, recruitment campaigns are still ongoing. The child Al-Ali was recruited bout a year and a half ago after he had joined the so-called “summer centers” by Al-Hasabi, who appointed him as his escort, at the age of 13, to accompany him in all the battles and confrontations in the governorates of Hodeidah and Saada, Until they were killed together in Marib Governorate.

Yesterday evening, the Houthi group held a mass event to urge participation in the campaign, and to push the people of the governorate to participate in summer centers and cultural courses, in which a number of the group’s leaders from various levels participated. The American Center for Justice (ACJ) monitored that the Houthi group in Al-Mahwit Governorate held a campaign to recruit children and take them to what are known as cultural courses, which include sectarian and ideological combative teachings. The campaign is led by the leader of the group, Aziz Al-Hatfi, appointed as the deputy governor, and the general mobilization official, Amer Al-Aqhoumi, and under the direct supervision of the governor of Al-Mahwit, appointed by the group, Hunayn Muhammad Qutina.

(ACJ) calls on the United Nations and the organizations concerned, to put pressure on the Houthi group to abide by its commitments in this regard, and to monitor and inspect to ensure ending the recruitment of children and the demobilization of conscripts, and to end any opportunity to return them to the camps or the fronts.

The American Center for Justice calls on the Houthi group to fulfill its obligations with the international community represented by the United Nations to stop the recruitment of children, release all child soldiers recruited, whether in the confrontation lines or in the protection of facilities, checkpoints or training headquarters, and return them to their families. The American Center for Justice calls on the Houthi group to fulfill its obligations with the international community represented by the United Nations to stop the recruitment of children, release all child soldiers recruited to it, whether in the confrontation lines or in the protection of facilities, checkpoints or training headquarters, and return them to their families.

The center also stresses the need to adhere to the humanitarian truce and halt all hostilities, to allow the truce to take effect and the normalization of humanitarian conditions, and to enable civilians to lead their lives normally.

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