VON PRESS Middle East: Amnesty International has repeatedly documented violations of international human rights and humanitarian law by Saudi Arabia during the conflict, including against children. This includes airstrikes on schools and the use of internationally banned cluster munitions which have killed three children and maimed nine.
According to the UN report as published on 2 June, the Saudi Arabia-led coalition was responsible for 60% of child deaths and injuries in the Yemen conflict last year, killing 510 and wounding 667.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was quoted as saying: “Grave violations against children increased dramatically as a result of the escalating conflict”.
At least nine civilians, including four children, were killed on Thursday in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition on a residential building north of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, al-Masirah news network reported.
On Wednesday, Saudi warplanes struck the Razih district in Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada, leaving a child dead and six others injured.
Yemen has been under airstrikes by Saudi Arabia since March 26, 2015. The Saudi war was launched in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who has resigned as Yemen’s president but seeks to forcefully return to power.
The conflict has killed more than 10,000 people, according to the United Nations, and displaced more than three million people.Children account for a third of civilian deaths that resulted from the apparently unlawful airstrikes documented by Amnesty International since the start of the coalition campaign.