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UNICEF: 8 Yemen children killed, injured every day

February 25, 2019 at 12:20 pm

A malnourished baby receives medical treatment at a Hospital in Sanaa, Yemen on 20 November 2017 [Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency]

Around 1.2 million Yemeni children live in conflict zones in war-battered Yemen, the UN children’s agency UNICEF said today.

The children “continue to live in 31 active conflict zones including Al-Hudaydah, Taiz, Hajjah and Saada – in areas witnessing heavy, war-related violence,” Geert Cappelaere UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said in a statement.

“Not enough has changed for children in Yemen since the Stockholm agreement on 13 December 2018,” the official said.

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On 13 December, Yemeni peace talks held in Sweden concluded with a ceasefire deal in Hudaydah between Houthis and the Yemeni government.

“Every day since, eight children have been killed or injured. Most of the children killed were playing outdoors with their friends or were on their way to or from school,” Cappelaere said.

“Once again, UNICEF calls on all warring parties to put an end to violence in hotspots and across all of Yemen, protect civilians, keep children out of harm’s way and allow humanitarian deliveries to children and their families wherever they are in the country,” he said.

Yemen has been wracked by violence since 2014 when the Houthi group overran much of the country. The crisis escalated in 2015 when the Saudi-led coalition launched a devastating air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi gains.