SANAA, Yemen, Oct 16 (NNN-SABA) – Teachers in the Shiite Houthi rebel-held northern Yemen, went on strike Sunday, the first day of new school term, in the war-torn Arab country.
“All teachers in all schools are on an open strike, until Houthi-controlled authorities pay our salaries,” an official at the Teachers’ Union, in the capital, Sanaa, said.
Like thousands of other Yemeni government employees, the teachers have not been paid for more than a year.
Teachers went to schools on Sunday, but did not teach classes.
“We (the teachers) and students went to schools today, and we did not teach the students, as we first awaited to be paid,” said Amal Mutahar, a female teacher, at al-Rammah School in Sanaa.
About four million students across all northern provinces, including Sanaa, are more likely to not be taught this year, as the authorities here have been suffering deadly financial crisis.
Houthi rebels overran the capital, Sanaa, and northern provinces in Sept, 2014, seizing control over all state ministries, after forcing the legitimate government into exile.
In Mar, 2015, a Saudi-led military coalition intervened in the Yemeni conflict, to roll back the Iranian-backed rebel gains and reinstate the internationally recognised government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
More than two-and-a-half years of war have killed over 10,000 Yemenis, mostly civilians, and displaced three million, according to UN agencies.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK