War-torn Yemen ‘living hell’ for children

Arturo Kim
November 4, 2018

According to the World Health Organisation, almost 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict since 2015.

A Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Friday it attacked an airbase in Sanaa.

Al-Masirah TV, controlled by Yemeni rebel group Houthi, said more than 30 air strikes targeted al-Dulaimi Air Base in Sanaa and the surrounding areas.

The United Nations has listed Yemen as the country with the world's biggest humanitarian crisis, with 7 million Yemenis on the brink of starvation and cholera causing more than 2,000 deaths.

According to Unicef, 1.8 million Yemeni children under the age of five suffer from acute malnutrition, and the lives of 400,000 severely affected children are under threat.

Aviation at the airport and global aid efforts were not affected, Colonel Turki al-Malki said.

Addressing reporters at the world body's headquarters in NY on Friday, the secretary-general said the warring parties must seize on the "opportunity for peace" presented by UN-brokered talks scheduled to be held in Sweden later this month.

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called for a halt to violence to pull Yemen back from the "precipice".

Following the collapse of the talks, which would have been the first of their kind in almost two years, the coalition announced it was relaunching an assault on Houthi-held Hodeidah, a strategically important Red Sea port city.

The appeal came as fighting intensified in the key rebel-held Red Sea port city of Hodeida, despite growing worldwide pressure to end a conflict that has left the country on the brink of starvation.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that the so-called Saudi-led coalition "airstrikes must cease in all populated areas in Yemen".

The Houthis had taken further steps in October to hinder the movement of several tribal leaders and pressure them to provide the militias with more fighters, according to sources.

Intensified fighting shook a key rebel-held port city on Yemen's Red Sea coast on Sunday, leaving dozens dead as the United Nations warned that children in the war-torn country face "a living hell".

Yemen has been at war since March 2015, when Houthis occupied northern Yemen, forcing the government into exile.

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