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UN: Yemen Conflict Has Killed 1,100 Children
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More than 1,100 children were killed in Yemen, most in airstrikes by the Saudi military coalition, according to the latest UN figures on the three-year conflict.

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Based on interviews with survivors, witnesses and family members as well as site visits, a report by the UN human rights office reveals an escalation in hostilities in the country, with more airstrikes in the first half of this year than in all of 2016.

Human rights violations and abuses continue unabated, with at least 5,144 civilians killed and 8,749 injured in what the UN describes as an "entirely manmade catastrophe".

The new figures were published after the head of the World Food Program, David Beasley, called on Saudi Arabia to fund 100% of the humanitarian needs in the war-torn country.

At least 3,200 civilians lost their lives by coalition forces, according to the UN, although the numbers are likely to be higher. The Saudi coalition receives backing and weapons from the UK and the US.

Children account for 1,184 of those killed and 1,592 injured, mostly from coalition airstrikes, the report said.

Starting in March of 2015, the Saudi-led war, which has been accompanied by a naval and aerial blockade on Yemen, had so far martyred over 12,000 people in the impoverished state, left 70 percent of the country's 27 million population in desperate need of humanitarian aid, and caused the worst cholera outbreak in the world there.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

06-09-2017 | 12:06


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