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Al Houthis seek members’ arrest for ‘desertion’

Militia is carrying out forced recruitment of hundreds of people trapped in besieged areas

Gulf News

Hays: The Iranian-backed Al Houthi militia has given instructions for the arrest of 50 members who fled from the battlefronts in the Red Sea Coast area of Yemen, especially on the outskirts of Al Jarrahi Directorate.

The militia distributed a list with the names of the 50 people at their checkpoints, with instructions that they should be arrested for fleeing from the battlefront, after the heavy losses incurred in as a result of the attacks by the Saudi-led coalition jet fighters with the support of the UAE Armed Forces, and the battles with the Yemeni resistance.

Yemeni military sources said the Al Houthi militia has set up checkpoints around besieged areas on the Red Sea Front to arrest members fleeing from the front because of successive collapses in their ranks.

The sources added that the militia is carrying out forced recruitment of hundreds of people trapped in the besieged areas, obliging the local chiefs to recruit new fighters to join the fronts in the wake of the psychological and physical collapse of these militias.

The militia is also threatening to kill or kidnap those who refuse to be forced to join, creating widespread popular discontent.

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