UNICEF warns about starvation of children in Yemen
According to a report by UNICEF, over 7 Million Yemeni Children are faced with famine and sever hunger due to aerial attacks by Saudi regime.
Iran Press/ Middle East: The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in this report said that every 10 minutes, a child in Yemen loses his life because of preventable diseases, Press TV reported.
“Today, 1.8 million children under the age of five are facing acute malnutrition, and 400,000 are affected by severe acute malnutrition,” Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF’s regional director in the Middle East and North Africa, said late on Wednesday.
The Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN has already said that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger. According to the world body, Yemen is suffering from the most severe famine in more than 100 years.
Cappelaere also welcomed a call by the United Nations to rekindle peace talks within a month.
He said efforts to come up with a solution to the ongoing Yemeni conflict within the next 30 days were "critical" to improving aid distribution and saving lives.
Moreover, Yemeni army soldiers, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, targeted military vehicles belonging to Saudi-sponsored militiamen loyal to former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi with roadside bombs in an area of the Khabb wa ash Sha'af district in the northern Yemeni province of al-Jawf.
According to a new report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, the Saudi-led war has so far claimed the lives of around 56,000 Yemenis.