Up to 85,000 children ‘dead of starvation or disease in Yemen’

Starving and too weak to move or even cry, Ghazi can only look down at his emaciated body as he struggles to keep his eyes open. (AFP)
Updated 21 November 2018
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Up to 85,000 children ‘dead of starvation or disease in Yemen’

  • As many as 85,000 infants under the age of five may have died from starvation or disease since 2015
  • The UN has warned that up to 14 million people are at risk of famine in Yemen

DUBAI: As many as 85,000 infants under the age of five may have died from starvation or disease since 2015 in war-ravaged Yemen, humanitarian organization Save the Children said Wednesday.
It said the estimate was based on data compiled by the United Nations, which has warned that up to 14 million people are at risk of famine in Yemen.
“Dozens are starving to death and it’s entirely preventable,” said Tamer Kirolos, Save the Children’s country director in Yemen.
“Children who die in this way suffer immensely as their vital organ functions slow down and eventually stop,” he said.
“Their immune systems are so weak they are more prone to infections with some too frail to even cry. Parents are having to witness their children wasting away, unable to do anything about it.”
Meanwhile, UN envoy Martin Griffiths prepares to hold talks with the Houthis in the capital Sanaa during a visit aimed at laying the groundwork for peace talks in Sweden.


Houthi drone at Sanaa airport was preparing for an attack: Arab coalition

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Houthi drone at Sanaa airport was preparing for an attack: Arab coalition

  • The Saudi-led Arab coalition destroyed a drone and its launch pad at Sanaa International Airport
  • The coalition said that the drone was in the preparation stage for its launch before it was destroyed

The Saudi-led Arab coalition destroyed a drone and its launch pad on Wednesday at Sanaa International Airport.

The coalition said that the drone was in the preparation stage for its launch before it was destroyed.

Spokesperson Turki Al-Maliki said that the targeting was consistent with international humanitarian law and its customary rules, especially that all preventive measures had been taken.

The Coalition also pointed out that the Houthi militia, using Sanaa airport as a military barracks, was in violation of international humanitarian law.

Earlier on Wednesday, the coalition also accused the Houthi militia of breaking the Hodeidah agreement, warning that the ceasefire would collapse if the violations continued and the United Nations did not intervene quickly.

“The rebels have broken the agreement on 21 occasions since its entry into force on Monday night,” a coalition source told AFP. “There are indications on the ground that they chose to ignore the agreement.”

“We will continue to exercise restraint at this stage, but initial indications are not reassuring,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.