UN envoy says Houthis have taken no action to protect children in Yemen

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Maj. Gen. Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz, the Arab coalition’s commander of the joint forces signed an MoU with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, in Riyadh.
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Maj. Gen. Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz, the Arab coalition’s commander of the joint forces signed an MoU with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Maj. Gen. Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz, the Arab coalition’s commander of the joint forces signed an MoU with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, in Riyadh.
Updated 25 March 2019
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UN envoy says Houthis have taken no action to protect children in Yemen

RIYADH: The Houthi militia have taken no action to protect children in Yemen, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, said on Monday. 
In a press conference held in Riyadh, Gamba said that the Iranian-backed Houthis had committed great violations against Yemeni children, while the Arab coalition fighting to support the legitimate government in Yemen has taken many measures to protect the children in conflict areas. 
The UN will launch an international campaign in New York in April on the dangers children face in the armed conflict in Yemen, she added. 
During the press conference, it was announced that the Arab coalition signed a memorandum of understanding with the UN to protect children affected by Yemen’s war. 
Maj. Gen. Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz, the Arab coalition’s commander of the joint forces, signed the agreement with Gamba earlier in Riyadh.
The commander said the agreement deals with “noble humanitarian aspects” and the two sides will work in accordance to strengthen the goals toward the protection of children.
The deal signed between the UN and the coalition is the first of its kind in the world, said Gamba.
Meanwhile, the Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, said: “We have not seen enough attention from the international organization to education children in Yemen.”
He added that the issue was brought to the attention of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to change the curricula in Yemen that was introduced by the Houthis.
Gamba said the King Salman Humanitarian Aid And Relief Center (KSRelief) would continue to play a big role with the UN agency in helping tp protect children in Yemen.


Israel says 12 Palestinian buildings destroyed in controversial demolition

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Israel says 12 Palestinian buildings destroyed in controversial demolition

  • EU and UN officials disapproved of Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes
  • Palestinian Authority said the buildings are located under their control according to 1990s Oslo accords
JERUSALEM: Israel said Tuesday a total of 12 Palestinian buildings it considered illegally constructed were demolished in a controversial operation the previous day, while a UN preliminary assessment showed 24 people displaced.
The demolitions of Palestinian homes, most of which were still under construction, drew condemnation from the European Union and UN officials.
Israel says the homes south of Jerusalem were built too close to its separation barrier cutting off the occupied West Bank, posing a security risk, and the demolitions were approved by its supreme court following a lengthy process.
Palestinian leaders expressed outrage at the demolitions in the Sur Baher area, which straddles the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.
They note that most of the buildings were located in areas meant to be under Palestinian Authority civilian control under the Oslo accords of the 1990s.
Before dawn Monday, hundreds of Israeli police and soldiers sealed off buildings in the area while residents and activists were dragged out.
A statement from Israeli defense ministry unit COGAT said “12 buildings and two building foundations were demolished,” adding that they were “built illegally.”
Israel’s supreme court “ruled that the buildings may be demolished as they constitute a security danger to the area of the security fence,” the statement said.
UN humanitarian agency OCHA said a preliminary assessment showed 24 people, including 14 children, were displaced.
More than 300 people were affected by the demolitions, it said.
Prior to the demolitions, OCHA said the buildings were to include some 70 apartments. It said those being displaced were from three households.
On June 18, a 30-day notice was given by Israeli authorities informing of their intent to demolish the buildings.
Residents fear another 100 buildings in the area in a similar situation could be at risk in the near future.
Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War. It later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognized by the international community.
It began construction of the separation barrier during the bloody second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, in the early 2000s and says it is necessary to protect against attacks.
Palestinians see it as an “apartheid wall” and a potent symbol of the Israeli occupation.