More than 5,000 children have been killed and another 400,000 left severely malnourished and fighting for their lives, in Yemen since March 2015, according to a new report by the UN children’s agency.
The UNICEF report which was published on Tuesday stated that the Saudi war had killed “an average of five children every day since March 2015.”
Press TV reports: It added that at least two million Yemeni children were also out of school, and that 400,000 were facing malnourishment.
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Over three million children were born since the onslaught began, all of them “scarred by years of violence, displacement, disease, poverty, under-nutrition and a lack of access to basic services.”
“An entire generation of children in Yemen is growing up knowing nothing but violence… Children in Yemen are suffering the devastating consequences of a war that is not of their making,” said UNICEF’s representative in Yemen, Meritxell Relano.
“Malnutrition and disease are rampant as basic services collapse…Those who survive are likely to carry the physical and psychological scars of conflict for the rest of their lives,” she added.
Earlier in the day, The UN announced that the number of the Yemenis who are dependent on assistance has risen to 22.2 million.
More than 13,600 people have been killed since the onset of the Saudi-led war on Yemen in 2015. Much of the Arabian Peninsula country’s infrastructure, including hospitals, schools, and factories, has been reduced to rubble in military strikes.
The Saudi-led war has also triggered a deadly cholera epidemic across Yemen.