UN report: 7,500 kids killed or wounded in Yemen since 2013
Over 7,500 children have been killed or wounded in Yemen since 2013, as a result of airstrikes, shelling, fighting, suicide attacks, mines and other unexploded ordnance, according to a UN report released Friday.
Iran Press/Middle East: The report by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the killings and injuries were among 11,779 grave violations against children during the period between April 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2018.
It said the figures are likely to be worse because monitoring Yemen has become increasingly difficult, AP reported.
The report said the number of children denied access to humanitarian assistance sharply increased over the 5 1/2 years, "with catastrophic consequences." It said the UN verified 828 incidents where aid was denied.
The secretary-general's second report on children in Yemen's conflict also noted that attacks on schools and hospitals remained high, with 345 of the 381 that were verified causing the partial or total destruction of the building.
The US-backed Saudi regime and a number of its allies including the United Arab Emirates and Sudan launched a war against Yemen in March 2015, ostensibly to restore fugitive president Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi to power. The aggression has already led to the death and injury of tens of thousands of Yemeni civilians.
The brutal Saudi-led airstrikes are continuing, with many Yemeni hospitals, schools, and residential buildings being targeted.
Yet the Saudi regime and its allies have not reached their objectives in the impoverished country due to the resistance of the Yemeni people. 101/211/215