UNICEF Denounces Death of Children in Yemeni Conflict
Sanaa, 11 Jan (Prensa Latina) UNHCR''s Deputy Representative for Yemen, Meritxell Relaño, revealed today that some 1,400 children have died in the country since March 2015, when Saudi bombings began in support of the Yemeni president.
The conflict between members of the Hutu Ansar Allah movement and supporters of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, on the one hand, and forces loyal to President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi on the other, has also provoked about two thousand 140 children.
That figure, he warned in the press, is not precise, and the number of minor victims could be much higher.
Since Saudi Arabia began air strikes at the helm of the Alliance that supports Hadi, Relaño added, UNICEF has also accounted for some 2,000 out-of-service schools, either because they have been destroyed or used for other purposes, including military.
The deputy's statement comes a day after an Alliance air strike struck a school in Nihm district, northeast of Sanaa, killing three children, among other civilian casualties.
Government sources said the bombing was launched because members of Ansar Allah had parked several armored vehicles near the school.
In addition, in August 2016 the NGO Médecins Sans FrontiÃ¿res revealed that an air strike against a religious school in the village of Haydan in the Saada governorate killed 10 and injured 28 children.
According to the World Health Organization, in the last two years, the war in Yemen has caused more than 7,300 deaths and nearly 40,000 wounded, most of them civilians.
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