US-Saudi Crimes Against Children In Yemen Continue for Eight Years with Eight Thousand Victims

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The Organization for Women and Children’s Rights (Entesaf) revealed Sunday the toll of US-Saudi crimes against children. The organization stated that the victims amounted to eight thousand and 116 dead and wounded in about 8 years.

The organization stated, on the occasion of Universal Children’s Day, November 20, that the number of dead children reached 3,860, and 4,256 wounded, as of November 19. It stated that the number of disabled increased from 3 million before the aggression to 4.5 million people now.

About six thousand civilians have been disabled as a result of armed hostilities since the beginning of the aggression, including approximately 5559 children, and the actual number is likely to be much higher.

The statistics indicated that there are at least two million and 400 thousand children still out of school out of an estimated 10.6 million children of school age (from 6 to 17 years), while nearly three thousand schools are either destroyed or damaged.

It also indicated that the number of children who face a dropout from education may rise to nearly six million children, according to the statistics of the Ministry of Education. It also stated that four thousand children were victims of the remnants of the aggression, including 131 children who were killed during the validity of the armistice, which lasted for 6 months, including 25 dead.

The organization pointed to the exacerbation of child labor in Yemen due to the aggression and siege, explaining that 1.4 million working children are deprived of their most basic rights, and that about 34.3% of working children are between the ages of 5 and 17, with the expansion of the phenomenon of child labor during the period of aggression at rates that may exceed four times more than it was previously.

The organization touched on the tragic situation of children, as a result of the blockade, which led to an increase in malnutrition rates, as more than 2.3 million children under the age of five were registered suffering from malnutrition, and 632,000 children suffered from severe acute malnutrition, which threatened their lives with death during the current year.

It added, “More than 80 newborns die every day in Yemen because of the internationally prohibited weapons used, noting that this is one of the reasons for the high number of preterm infants, as 39% of the newborns every year are born preterm, as 1,120,000 are born in the year.”
The organization held the aggression coalition, led by America and Saudi Arabia, responsible for all crimes and violations against civilians, especially women and children.

It called on the international community, international organizations, human rights and humanitarian bodies, and the free people of the world to take effective and positive action to stop the aggression and protect civilians, and to form an independent international commission to investigate all crimes committed against the Yemeni people, and to hold accountable all those found involved in it.