Yemeni family appeals to Saudi Arabia to release 14-year old child soldier from prison

Yemeni family appeals to Saudi Arabia to release 14-year old child soldier from prison

The family of a Yemeni minor who was recruited into the ranks of the Saudi-led coalition forces has appealed to the Saudi authorities to release their son.

Activists on social media have circulated documents showing that the Islah Party militia recruited a minor from Taiz province, after which Saudi Arabia arrested him for unknown reasons.

Activists also published an appeal by the family of the child, Tawheeb Ali Muhammad Othman, aged only 14 years old, from Al-Ma’afer District of Taiz province, to the Saudi authorities to release him.

Aya Al-Samie, a human rights activist, said in a post on that the child was “misled by the brokers and dealers of war, and was lured to the Kingdom’s borders to be recruited into the ranks of the coalition, without his family’s knowledge.”

Al-Samie added that the child is “still until now in one of the kingdom’s prisons, and his family does not know anything about him,” noting that Tawheeb’s family appealed in a number of cables to quickly release their son, but to no avail.