UNICEF: Yemeni Children Bearing Brunt of Saudi War

UNICEF: Yemeni Children Bearing Brunt of Saudi War
Wed Aug 19, 2015 18:00:08

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said children are bearing the brunt of Saudi aggression against Yemen with an average of eight kids getting killed every day in the ongoing airstrikes against the impoverished country.

"Nearly 8 children are being killed or maimed every day in Yemen’s deadly conflict," UNICEF said in a report titled “Yemen: Childhood under Threat”, on Wednesday, Sputnik News reported.

It said at least 398 children have been killed and 605 others injured since the start of the Saudi war on the Arab country in March, adding that children are "bearing the brunt” of the aggression.

According to the report, about 10 million of Yemeni children are in strong need of humanitarian assistance and about 1.8 million are expected to suffer from malnutrition.

On March 26, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies, including the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain, began to launch deadly airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to the fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

More than 4000 people, many of them children and women, have been killed in the Saudi-led aggression against the Arab country so far.

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