It is likely that the real figure is much higher," clarified this Saturday the representative of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Yemen, Philippe Duamelle.
He also asserted that, as a result of the intensification of the conflict in 2021 in this region, violence has increased this year and, as always, children are the ones who suffer the most.
In this regard, he reported the number of minors killed during the first two months of the current year, detailing that 47 Yemeni children were killed or injured.
Over 2 million children are internally displaced, many suffer from multiple displacements along active conflict lines, placing their lives and wellbeing at risk.#YemenCantWaitpic.twitter.com/AvX4LDs4xW
He further called on all parties involved in Yemen's war and those who have influence over it to protect civilians. "The safety of children, their well-being, and protection must be ensured at all times," he said.
The dire humanitarian situation facing the Yemeni population began in March 2015, with the start of the bombing and blockade campaign by Saudi Arabia and its allies, with the intention of restoring Yemen's fugitive former president Abdu Rabu Mansur Hadi to power.
Human rights organizations keep warning of the catastrophic consequences of the conflict in Yemen, yet Riyadh has ignored the voices calling for an end to the war and accountability for the crimes it has committed in the poorest country in the Arab world.