Saudi Arabia delaying aid to Yemen is 'killing children', warns Save the Children

 

Children have died as a result of Saudi Arabia delaying aid for Yemen by months, a children's rights group has warned.

Save the Children said shipments of aid are being delayed for months, denying hundreds of thousands of people access to urgently-needed medical aid.

In the first two months of the year, the Saudi-led coalition has prevented three of the charity's shipments of medical supplies from landing at the country's main group of Hodeida, the group said, forcing them to be rerouted and delaying their arrival by up to three months.

The shipments were carrying enough aid to help around 300,000 people, including antibiotics, surgical equipment, medicine to treat diseases like malaria and cholera, and supplies to support malnourished children.

Grant Pritchard, interim country director for Save the Children in Yemen, said: “These delays are killing children.”

 

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