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Yemen conflict: More than half of those killed are children and women (UN)

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — United Nations announced on Wednesday, that more than half of the deaths of the conflict in Yemen, were women and children.

This came in a tweet published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Yemen, through his official account “Twitter”, on the occasion of the International Day of the Rights of the Child, which falls on November 20 of each year.

“More than 50 percent of Yemenis who have died as a result of the conflict are women and children,” the UN office said.

“We renew our call on all parties to the conflict to respect international humanitarian law and refrain from targeting civilians, including children,” he said.

For the fifth year in a row, Yemen has been at war between government forces and Houthi gunmen accused of receiving Iranian support and controlling provinces, including the capital Sanaa, since September 2014.

Since March 2015, an Arab military coalition, led by Saudi Arabia’s neighbor, has been supporting government forces against the Houthis.

The war has left most of the population in need of humanitarian aid, while millions are on the brink of starvation in one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, according to UN estimates.


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