Children paying ‘heaviest price’ of Yemen conflict, UNICEF warns amid reports of escalating violence

Sana’da hava saldırısı sonucu yıkılan evine bakan bir çocuk, Nisan 2015. Foto: UNICEF/Ahmed Jahaf

This photo shows Amal who is looking at her destroyed home in Sana’a, Yemen, after it was hit by an airstrike in April 2015. Photo: UNICEF/Ahmed Jahaf


Four children were reportedly killed and three were injured on 7 August in the Nihm District, east of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a statement today.

“Children are paying the heaviest price of the conflict in Yemen,” said Julien Harneis, UNICEF representative in Yemen, who added that UNICEF deplored such acts and urged all parties to exercise maximum caution and avoid civilian infrastructure.

He said that since the escalation of the conflict in March 2015, UNICEF was able to verify that 1,121 children had been killed and another 1,650 were injured. “The actual numbers are likely to be much higher,” he added.

“UNICEF urges all parties to the conflict in Yemen to adhere to international humanitarian law and keep children out of harm’s way,” said Mr. Harneis.

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