War in Yemen causing starvation, cholera — United Nations aid chief

Leslie Hanson
August 19, 2017

The Saudi-led coalition is the only force in Yemen with warplanes and helicopter gunships, making it the likely perpetrator of such acts.

Houthi rebels were responsible for killing or wounding 414 children with al-Qaeda and ISIL blamed for the rest.

The report covered the past year, and counted 502 children killed by the Saudis, including 349 killed in airstrikes.

It said almost three-quarters of air strikes on schools, 38, and hospitals, 52, were carried out by the Saudi-led alliance.

The findings were included in a draft copy of the U.N.'s annual report of Children and Armed Conflict, which documented human rights violations of at least 15,500 children past year by government forces, terrorists and armed opposition groups in more than a dozen conflicts around the world. The coalition was briefly added a year ago and then removed by then-U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon pending a review.

In Aden and parts of southern Yemen, longstanding grievances against central rule and Yemeni factions from elsewhere in the country are re-fueling a separatist movement seeking to recreate an independent nation-state in the south amid the chaos of the civil war.

António Guterres may freeze the UN's annual "list of shame" naming countries responsible for the worst violations of children's rights in conflict.

In Yemen, 50% of the victims children are the result of the arab Coalition led by saudi Arabia, says the document.

United Nations spokesman Farhan Haq said Guterres received a draft of the 2016 report this week and was due to discuss it with Gamba on Friday. He said its contents are still under discussion and the decision of who will be on the blacklist is up to him. "It's still a work in progress", Haq said.

He said Egypt, Iran, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab League all supported his proposals and that he was hoping to meet with the Houthis outside of Yemen to discuss the possible deal.

Yemen's almost 30-month-old civil war pits President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's Saudi-backed government, which controls south and eastern Yemen, against the Houthis, who control the more populated north and eastern parts of the country.

United Nations aid chief Stephen O'Brien slammed Yemen's government and a Saudi-led military coalition for "unilaterally denying or excessively delaying entry to vessels carrying essential cargo" to the port.

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