News ID: 255009
Published: 0254 GMT June 29, 2019

UN: 7,500 kids killed or wounded in Yemen since 2013

UN: 7,500 kids killed or wounded in Yemen since 2013
AP

Over 7,500 children have been killed or wounded in Yemen in over five years as a result of ongoing violence in the Arab country, according to a UN report released Friday.

The report by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the killings and injuries were among 11,779 grave violations against children during the period between April 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2018, AP reported.

Saudi Arabia and its allies have been waging a brutal war on Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall the country's Riyadh-allied former regime and crush the Houthis – objectives that have failed to materialize due to Yemenis’ stiff resistance.

Saudi-led airstrikes have hit schools, hospitals and wedding parties.

In the latest Saudi airstrike in Yemen, Saudi warplanes targeted two houses in the Khadir district of Ta'izz on Friday, killing at least eight members of a family. The airstrike also left five Yemeni civilians wounded.

The UN report said Yemeni children have been killed as a result of airstrikes, shelling, fighting, suicide attacks, mines and other unexploded ordnance are the main factors.

It said the figures are likely to be worse because monitoring Yemen has become increasingly difficult.

Civilians have borne the brunt of the conflict, which has killed thousands of people, created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, and brought Yemen to the brink of famine.

Virginia Gamba, the UN special representative for children in conflict, said while some positive measures have been adopted by the warring parties, “the suffering of children in Yemen has worsened during the reporting period, becoming simply appalling.”

“The children of Yemen had nothing to do with the start of this conflict,” she said. “They should now be given the opportunity to exit from it and be assisted to fully recover.”

Gamba called on all parties to the conflict and those who can influence them to “prioritize peace and actively engage in the ongoing peace negotiations.”

According to the report, the largest number of violations against children in the 5 1/2 years were the 7,508 youngsters who were verified to have been killed or maimed.

The report said the number of children denied access to humanitarian assistance sharply increased over the 5 1/2 years, “with catastrophic consequences.” It said the UN verified 828 incidents where aid was denied.

The secretary general’s second report on children in Yemen’s conflict also noted that attacks on schools and hospitals remained high, with 345 of the 381 that were verified causing the partial or total destruction of the building.

 

 

   
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