Saudi airstrikes in Yemen killed 135 children since March: UN

Published May 25th, 2015 - 07:10 GMT

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says the Saudi action against Yemen has claimed the lives of more than 130 children over the past two months.

“Since the conflict escalated in March, as many as 135 children have been killed and 260 injured,” the UNICEF said in a statement on Sunday.

The UN body said that one-third of the deaths occurred in Yemen’s southern coastal city of Aden that has been hit by violent clashes over the past few days.

UNICEF further called on all sides involved in the Yemeni conflict to abide by international laws, which call for the protection of children’s lives.

“Children should not continue to pay the price of the violence in Yemen. All parties to the conflict are obligated under international humanitarian law to protect children from harm,” it said.

“But only a complete end to hostilities can protect the children of Yemen. They are the future of Yemen," the statement said.

According to the UN, since March, nearly 2,000 people have been killed and 7,330 injured due to the conflict in Yemen.


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