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675 women killed by Houthis in four years, Yemen minister says

Yemeni women draw paintings on the wall of University of Sana'a to react to the ongoing war in the country in Sana'a, Yemen on 15 March, 2017 [Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency]

The Houthis have killed 675 women in Yemen over the last three years of the conflict, the minister of social affairs and labour said yesterday.

“The [Houthi] coup militias have killed more than 675 women since their coup against the legitimate government,” Ibtihaj Abdullah Al-Kamal said.

Saudi quagmire in Yemen - Cartoon [Latuff/MiddleEastMonitor]

Saudi quagmire in Yemen – Cartoon [Latuff/MiddleEastMonitor]

“112 women were killed, 236 wounded and more than 4,500 cases of violence against women were registered in a number of provinces.”

Al-Kamal went on to accuse the Houthi group of forming a women’s military brigade, recruiting more than 350 women and using them in military operations and raids.

The accusation was made yesterday on International Women’s Day, where the world witnessed celebrations, strikes and protests to mark the day.

In May last year, it was reported that the Houthis opened training camps for women who were then being exploited and deployed across Yemen.

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The Houthis took control of the capital Sana’a back in September 2014, with the assistance of an alliance of convenience with late and former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and forces loyal to him. The Saudi-led coalition was invited by the internationally recognised President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi to neutralise territorial threats by the Houthi armed group in March 2015.

Women in Yemen have also been at the forefront of seeking due process and redress for abducted male family members. A group of 20 women run the Abductees’ Mothers Association launched in April 2016 which holds regular protests against the Houthis. Protests have also been held against the Saudi-led coalition’s prisons.

Human Rights Watch accuses the Houthis of abduction, enforced disappearance and torture of a number of individuals, including journalists and political prisoners.

 

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