UN blacklists Saudi-led coalition for killing, maiming Yemeni kids

 

The United Nations has blacklisted Saudi Arabia and its allies for infanticide during its war on Yemen, prompting fresh calls from rights bodies for pressure on Riyadh to end the military campaign.

The annual blacklist, released by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Thursday, said the actions of the Riyadh-led alliance in Yemen “objectively led to that party being listed for the killing and maiming of children.”

The world body said that the coalition had been responsible for 683 child casualties and 38 verified attacks on schools and hospitals in 2016.

The report was prepared by the UN Children and Armed Conflict envoy Virginia Gamba and issued in the name of Guterres.

 

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