Seven children killed in Yemen attack: UNICEF

By AFP
Published: May 27, 2019
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Men inspect a damaged petrol station after it was hit by a previous alleged Saudi-led coalition airstrike on the outskirts the Yemeni capital Sanaa on May 21, 2018. (PHOTO: AFP)

Men inspect a damaged petrol station after it was hit by a previous alleged Saudi-led coalition airstrike on the outskirts the Yemeni capital Sanaa on May 21, 2018. (PHOTO: AFP)

SANAA: Seven children were killed in an attack on the city of Taez last week, the United Nations’ agency for children said in a statement on Sunday.

The victims — aged between 4 and 14 — “were killed on Friday in an attack on the Mawiyah district”, UNICEF added.

Taez, in southern Yemen, is under siege by the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels but controlled by pro-government forces, who are supported by the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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“This attack brings to 27 the number of children killed and injured in a recent escalation of violence near Sanaa and in Taez over the past 10 days,” UNICEF said, warning the toll could be higher.

Yemen’s four-year conflict has triggered what the UN says is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with over 24 million people, more than two-thirds of the population, in need of aid.

Tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, have been killed.

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