The United Nations (UN) warns that every day, eight children are killed or injured in Yemen as a result of Saudi attacks.
“Every day, eight children are killed or injured in 31 active conflict zones in the country and the talks and conferences so far have done little to change the reality of children,” said Henrietta Fore, executive director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
In a statement issued Saturday, Fore criticized the recent violent deaths of five children playing inside their home in the port city of Al-Hudayda in western Yemen, denouncing that Saudi aggression against the poorest country in the Arab world continues to have a “terrible cost” for children.
“In Yemen, children can no longer do the things that all children love to do, like go to school or spend time with their friends outside. War can reach them wherever they are, even in their own homes,” he lamented.
The senior United Nations official also insisted that only a “comprehensive peace agreement” could give Yemeni children the pardon for the violence and war they need and deserve.
In March 2015, Riyadh and its allies began a campaign of air strikes against Yemen to restore to power former Yemeni fugitive Abdu Rabu Mansur Hadi, a close Riyadh ally who supports military intervention in his country.
Children are becoming great victims of this brutal war, with 5.2 million of them at risk of famine, according to the non-governmental organization Save the Children. Extreme famine, however, adds to preventable disease and cholera.