Yemeni Activists decry Houthi Militias Over recruiting Women

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Asharq Al-Awsat

Yemeni human rights activists decried Houthi militias over their wide-reaching campaign for recruiting women and girls in territories under their control.

In a fashion which is foreign to Yemen’s Arab heritage, drafted women and minor girls are being trained in armed combat and tasked with specialized missions.

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

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

As for its mission, commanders announced that 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.

A well-informed judicial activist, speaking under the condition of anonymity, confirmed the recruitment of women, stressing that official graduation ceremonies are being held within a short timeframe of a few months.

According to data obtained by Asharq Al-Awsat, more than 4,000 women have been trained by foreign military experts from Iran, Lebanon and Iraq in top Houthi-run areas, namely Saada, Sanaa, Dhamar and Amran.

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

“Houthis rely on recruiting women and children, because they are more obedient in carrying out orders and directives, and easier to brainwash into carrying out all the tasks assigned to them,” they explained.

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