UN reports 500 child deaths in Yemen war



UN reports 500 child deaths in Yemen war
More than 500 children have been killed since the upsurge in violence in Yemen in March, while some 1.7 million youths are at risk of malnutrition, the United Nations said.


During the six months since Saudi-led airstrikes targeting Yemen's Iran-backed Huthi rebels began in March to defend embattled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, at least 505 children have died and 702 have been injured, said Christophe Boulierac, spokesman for the UN children's agency.

“These are conservative figures,'' he told reporters in Geneva.
He said the children were being killed in the bombing campaigns but also amid street fighting.

“The situation for children is deteriorating every single day, and it is horrific,'' Boulierac said, urging all parties with influence to bring an urgent end to the violence.

He also lamented a sharp increase in the recruitment of children as fighters in the war-ravaged country, with 606 verified cases so far this year.

That is four times the 156 cases verified in 2014, he said.
“Children in Yemen are being used by armed groups, manning checkpoints or carrying arms,'' he said, adding that “the recruitment is happening on both sides.''

In the impoverished country, where 80 percent of the population is under 18, some 10 million children are in desperate need of humanitarian aid, Boulierac said.—AFP
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