Houthi practices terrorist methods against women in Yemen

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September Net

Houthi militia’s violations and atrocities have targeted all Yemeni people even women, in blatant disregard for the norms and values of the Yemeni conservative society.

Houthi militia has recruited militiawomen called ‘Al-Zanainabit’. These women’s task is to attack, spy on and kidnap women, break into their houses and spread the theocratic and terrorist ideology of the group among women..

The Iran-backed insurgency group has recently celebrated graduating a new all-female unit, which joined the religiously branded ‘Zaynabiyat’ force.

The new unit is said to be led by Zainab al-Gharbani and holds light arms and electric shock weapons.

Several months ago the Houthi militia celebrated graduating the first female Battalion led by Ishraq al-Shami.

As for its mission, the unit will be deployed to actively disband women protesters holding frequent demonstrations in the Houthi-held capital, Sanaa, and other territory run by coup militias.

More than 4,000 women have been trained by foreign military experts from Iran, Lebanon and Iraq in top Houthi-run areas, namely Sa’ada, Sana’a, Dhamar and Amran.

Sources said that at least 15 Houthi female leaders have been trained in Iran.

Local reports say several female demonstrations in Sana’a were suppressed by Zaynabiyat personnel, who engaged in physical violence against protesters and arrested hundreds of Yemeni women.

 

Reactions of Right Groups

 

Rights Radar (RR) Organization has denounced violations the rebels militias have been committing  against women in Yemen.

RR said Houthis abuses against women in the areas under the militias’ control have reached an  unprecedented stage.

“Women have been more vulnerable to grave violations, especially those  opposing the militias, including they abduction, stalking, physical assault, repression and enforced disappearance, and in some cases violations included murders,” the organization said in a statement on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

Also, SAM Organization for Rights and Freedoms reported that 2440 Yemeni women were killed and injured since the beginning of the war in 2014 until the end 2018.

Meantime, a local NGO has said that as many as 2897 women were killed and injured in Yemen’s central city of Taiz by Houthi invaders over the past four years.

The Human Rights Information and Training Center said in a new statement that it had documented “the killing of 402 women and injury of 2495 others by bullets of the coupist Houthi militias in the period from 22 March 2015 to 31 January 2019.”

Social Affairs Minister Ebtihaj Al-Kamal said Houthi militias’ coup on 21 September 2014, has caused the death of 500 women and the injury of 1950 others, including 3230 were psychologically tormented by the militia’s acts, eleven of them by direct torture.

In a statement on the International Women Day, Al-Kamal said “More than 120 women were killed and 115 other were wounded including 13 by mines in 2018 alone  in areas under the militias control.”

Yemeni Organization for Combating Human Trafficking said that the Houthi militias hold dozens of women without bringing them to trial or charging them with a crime, torturing the detainees and blackmailing their families for money.

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