SANAA, Yemen, Oct 5 (NNN-SABA) – The United Nations has moved to put the Saudi-led coalition on its annual blacklist of child rights’ violators, for the killing and maiming of children in Yemen, local media said, Wednesday.

In Yemen, the coalition’s actions objectively led to the listing for the killing and maiming of children, with 683 child casualties attributed to this party, as a result of attacks on schools and hospitals,” the report cited a UN draft report as saying.

Yemen’s government forces, pro-government militias, the Houthi rebels and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) were also blacklisted, the draft said.

The final report and the list, contained in an annex, are to be sent to the Security Council on Thursday (today), before its public release on Friday. The council will hold a debate on children and armed conflict on Oct 31.

Saudi Arabia leads an Arab military coalition that intervened in Yemen in 2015, to support the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, after Iran-backed Houthi rebels forced him into exile.

The United Nations has listed Yemen as the world’s number one humanitarian crisis, with seven million Yemenis on the brink of famine and cholera causing more than 2,000 deaths.



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