Saudi coalition attacks killed children in Yemen — UN chief

Saudi coalition attacks killed children in Yemen — UN chief

Saudi coalition attacks killed children in Yemen — UN chief

"Today, millions of people in Yemen are facing a triple tragedy: the spectre of starvation, the world's largest ever single-year cholera outbreak, and the daily deprivation and injustice of a brutal conflict that the world is allowing to drag on and on", he said.

There is no sign of improvement in the conflict, with number of air strikes per month now three times higher than past year and monthly reports of armed clashes up 50 per cent, he said.

On July 27, the Saudi-led coalition's air defense forces shot down a ballistic missile in Taif province, which Houthi rebels fired from Northern Yemen.

He called for those Governments and individuals with influence to influence the fighting parties to respect the global humanitarian and human rights law and to strengthen accountability.

Top United Nations officials on Friday warned violence in Yemen was worsening and greater access was needed to the Houthi rebel-held north, particularly through the key Red Sea port of Hodeidah. But Ban said he stood by the report, which said the United Nations verified a total of 1,953 youngsters killed and injured in Yemen in 2015 — a six-fold increase compared with 2014.

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Despite worldwide support for a peaceful settlement, certain parties in the conflict continued to "place personal interests ahead of the urgent need for peace", said Cheikh Ahmed, who briefed the Security Council via video link from Amman, Jordan.

O'Brien also pointed to air strikes for adding to the civilian death toll.

Yemen was hit more more airstrikes in the first half of this year than in the whole of 2016, increasing the number of civilian deaths and forcing more people to flee their homes, global humanitarian agencies reported.

Saudi Arabia's U.N. Mission said in a statement that the coalition maintains its position "that there is no justification whatsoever for including its name in the annex of the secretary-general's report on children and armed conflict".

Close to 2,000 Yemenis have also died of cholera since April and another 600,000 are expected to contract the infection this year.

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