UN: More than 1,000 children killed, injured in 'brutal' Yemen conflict

By REUTERS
August 19, 2015 02:08

 
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LONDON - Months of brutal conflict in Yemen have killed or injured more than 1,000 children, and the number of young people recruited or used as fighters has soared, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF said on Wednesday.

Some 400 children have been killed and more than 600 injured - an average of eight casualties every day - since fighting escalated at the end of March, according to UNICEF.

"Children are bearing the brunt of a brutal armed conflict which escalated in March this year and shows no sign of a resolution," the U.N. agency said.

"This conflict is a particular tragedy for Yemeni children ... (they) are being killed by bombs or bullets and those that survive face the growing threat of disease and malnutrition," UNICEF Yemen representative Julien Harneis said.

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