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Governor of Al-Jawf: Houthis Have Turned Yemeni Schools into Iranian Seminaries

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© UNICEF Yemen/2011/ Al-Asaadi Although children at Al-Karda’ee School are excited about the new school year, their behaviour is affected by the violence around them, says school teacher Mohammed Al-Hemyari.
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Houthi rebels are involved in the bombing and demolition of many regular schools in Al-Ghayl district of the Al-Jawf governorate, Yemen. Religious Shi’i seminaries that teach the Iranian curriculum are being constructed on the ruins of the schools.

The governor of Al-Jawf Amin Al-Ukaymi told Asharq Al-Awsat yesterday that an Iranian teacher has been arrested. The teacher had been sent by Tehran with other teachers to Yemen in order to teach children according to the Iranian curriculum which spreads hatred and resentment of Arabs.

He explained that the Iranian teacher, who was teaching Yemeni children and indoctrinating them according to the curricula of the Velayat-e Faqih that are taught in religious seminaries in Qom and Mashhad, was arrested during battles to liberate districts in Al-Jawf. Al-Ukaymi emphasised the fact that the Yemeni national army has vowed to liberate all districts in the Al-Jawf governorate, including Al-Ghayl, which is one of the most important Houthi strongholds.

According to the governor of Al-Jawf, the strategic importance of Al-Ghayl district lies in the fact that it is adjacent to five districts and provinces, the most important of which are Sana’a which is under Houthi rule, and the province of Ma’rib. Its nature which is characterised by mountains and rugged areas gives the Houthis access to the Majzar district of Ma’rib, the centre of the city of Al-Hizam and four districts in western Al-Jawf.

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