United Nations chief: Saudi coalition attacks killed children in Yemen

United Nations chief: Saudi coalition attacks killed children in Yemen

United Nations chief: Saudi coalition attacks killed children in Yemen

The study found 502 Yemeni children were killed and 838 wounded in total in attacks.

Foreign Policy reported on August 16 that Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, intends to recommend to the Secretary-General that the Saudi Arabia-led coalition be added to this year's "list of shame".

It will be up to Guterres to decide whether to return the Saudi-led coalition to a child rights blacklist annexed to the report.

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"I am particularly concerned by the high number and severity of violations suffered by children in 2016, which include alarming levels of killings and maiming, recruitment and use, as well as prohibitions to humanitarian access", says the boss of the united nations in this draft text.

But Ban said he stood by the report, which said the United Nations verified a total of 1,953 young people killed and wounded in Yemen in 2015 - a six-fold increase compared with 2014.

The draft report on children and armed conflict, which still has to be approved by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and is subject to change, blamed the Saudi-led coalition for more than 680 child casualties and three-quarters of the attacks on schools and hospitals in Yemen. It declined to comment on the findings in the draft report for 2016.

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Yemen, which is on the southern edge of the Arabian Peninsula, has been engulfed in civil war since September 2014, when Houthi Shiite rebels swept into Sanaa and overthrew President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi's internationally recognized government. After its removal, the coalition was said to have made verbal commitments to the United Nations to take more precautions to limit civilian casualties and strikes on civilian objects but the situation on the ground has not changed.

Since 2015, Yemen has been the site of a devastating war between the Saudi-backed government and Huthi rebels allied with Iran.

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