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Yemeni teachers accuse Houthis of killing 1,579 educators since 2014

Schools in Yemen have been destroyed amid the ongoing conflict [Getty]

Date of publication: 6 October, 2020

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The Yemeni Teachers Syndicate accused the Houthi rebels of killing and detaining thousands of teachers, academics and administrators since 2014.
Yemen's Houthi rebels have targeted thousands of educators in the war-torn country over the past six years, the Yemeni Teachers Syndicate said on Monday.

The group alleged that the rebels have killed at least 1,579 educators and wounded 2,642 more, since taking over the capital, Sanaa, and other major cities in a 2014 offensive, a statement marking World Teachers' Day read.

"1,579 teachers and administrators were killed by the Houthis in Yemen between September 2014 and October 2020, including 14 that were killed by torture," Yahya Al-Yinai, the union's media spokesman said, according to Anadolu.

The rebels have injured at least 2,642 by gunfire and other means, with many sustaining permanent disabilities as a result.

These targeted attacks have prompted more than 20,000 educators to leave their homes to seek safety in government-controlled cities across the country, Al-Yinai said.

More than 621 have also been detained by the rebels, 36 of which have been forcibly disappeared, he added.

The comments were made on Monday, to mark International Teachers' Day. On the same day, the United Nations called on the Houthi rebels in Yemen to resume the payments of some 160,000 teachers working in areas under their control.

Thousands of teachers and academics have been left unpaid since 2016, with many resorting to alternative jobs to survive their dire financial and economic conditions.

A further delay in salary payments could see the collapse of Yemen's education sector, the statement by the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF and UNESCO, have said.

Read also: Yemen in Focus: Abducted prisoners awaiting release are dying in Houthi detention

The Yemen conflict has killed more than 100,000 people, most of them civilians, and sparked what the United Nations calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

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