A mother from Saada province, the birthplace of the Iran-backed Houthi militia, is reported to have committed suicide after learning about the killing of her sixth son while fighting alongside with Houthi rebels west of Marib city, the last stronghold of the Yemeni government in north Yemen.
According to News Yemen, a local news agency, the mother stabbed herself to death when she learned about the killing of her youngest son, following the death of her other five sons who had been killed in battlefronts west of oil-rich Marib city where fierce battles take place between Houthi rebels and government forces.
Early this month, the Houthi militia renewed a full-scale offensive to capture Marib city, home to two million IDPs who fled the scourge of war.
The ongoing heavy fighting has resulted in hundreds of deaths from both sides amid international calls upon Houthis to halt their attacks on the city where millions of civilian lives are at risk.
In mid-February the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor and SAM for Rights and Liberties released a 38-page report shedding light on massive recruitment of children in the frontlines.
The joint report, entitled ‘Militarized Childhood’, indicated that the Iran-backed Houthi militia has recruited as many as 10300 underage teens since the rebels overran Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, and ousted the internationally recognized government in 2014.