At least two children have been killed and eight others injured in the late explosion of a Saudi bomb in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported on Friday that the day before Wednesday a child found a bomb launched in a Saudi air strike and took it to the Al-Fatah school in the capital district of Hamdan.
“It is very likely, as we have seen in Syria, Iraq and other countries, that children will continue to be killed even when there is a pause in the violence or when the violence ends,” warned UNICEF’s director of communications in southwest Asia and North Africa, Juliette Touma.
According to local media, most of the victims of the deadly Hamdan incident were children between the ages of 12 and 14 who had gathered around the bomb out of curiosity.
The director of Unicef in the region, Geert Cappelaere, had previously warned that every day eight children are killed or injured in Saudi attacks in Yemen, in addition to noting that the peace agreement for Yemen signed on 13 December in Stockholm (capital of Sweden) has not achieved concrete changes for the country’s child population.
According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), four years of conflict in Yemen have caused “the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis”, with some 22 million people in need of help to survive and several million more suffering from famine. Children have suffered the most.
A report published on 11 December by the project Data on the Location and Events of Armed Conflict (Acled) states that the campaign of military aggression against Yemen launched in March 2015 by Saudi Arabia and its allies has left more than 60,000 dead among the civilian population.