In every conflict, children become the primary victims. They suffer at all fronts. Yemen’s is not a different story.
UNICEF has warned that some 1.7 million youths are at at risk of malnutrition. More than 500 children have been reportedly killed in war-torn Yemen since March , the UN children’s agency said on a day the United Nations passed a watered-down resolution backed by Saudi Arabia to set up a national inquiry into human rights violations.
Al Jazeera reported that during the six months since Saudi-led airstrikes targeting Iran-backed Houthi rebels began in March to defend exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, at least 505 children have died and 702 have been injured , Christophe Boulierac, spokesman for the UN children’s agency said, adding, these are conservative figures.
The UN estimates that more than 2,300 civilians have died since fighting escalated in the poor Arab nation, notably involving air power from a US-backed, Saudi-led coalition.
Human Rights Watch accused the top UN human rights body of failing to improve scrutiny of abuses in Yemen by approving a resolution presented by Saudi Arabia — a major participant in the conflict.
The conflict has stirred a humanitarian crisis with 21 million people in need of humanitarian aid. The nutrition situation, which was already dire before the conflict, has worsened further.
How long will this bloodshed continue?