Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

War-torn Yemen 'living hell' for children

War-torn Yemen 'living hell' for children

The war has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced 3 million others, according to United Nations aid agencies.

During a visit to Hodeida's main hospital, Cappelaere said he saw children suffering from severe malnutrition and others paralyzed by complications from diphtheria, an epidemic fueled by the breakdown of health services.

Cappelaere added that the figures were "a reminder for all of us to realize how dire the situation has become".

"While the warring parties discuss the terms of this peace, we urge them to immediately stop the fighting so more lives aren't lost", Save the Children said in a statement and called for full access for aid and commercial imports.

The bloodshed comes despite growing worldwide pressure to end a years-long conflict that has killed thousands and pushed the impoverished Arabian Peninsula nation to the brink of starvation.

Riyadh has accused the Houthi rebel group of serving as a proxy force for Iran, Saudi Arabia's arch foe in the region.

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

The Yemeni government forces managed Sunday to defuse hundreds of landmines following the withdrawal of the Houthi rebels from key areas in the Red Sea coast city of Hodeidah.

Fifty-three Huthi rebels were killed and dozens were injured over the past 24 hours, medical sources in Hodeida told AFP.

Military officials said Saudi-led coalition warplanes carried out dozens of air strikes to support pro-government forces in the fighting which began on Thursday evening.

Landmines and Houthi mortar shells killed 20 soldiers during the ongoing offensive in Hodeidah, according to other sources of government-controlled medical centers.

On Thursday, Yemen's internationally recognised government said it was ready to re-start peace talks with the Houthis after recent efforts to meet ended in failure.

He also said airstrikes by the Arab coalition, backed by the US, "must cease in all populated areas in Yemen". Without action, up to 14 million people - half of Yemen's population - could be at risk in the coming months, up from 8 million who are now facing starvation, said Guterres.

The coalition halted a previous attempt to take the city in June, to allow space for UN-led peace consultations in Geneva.

The latest fighting comes a day after the Yemeni government said it welcomed efforts to restore peace following calls by key USA officials and the UN's envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths for warring parties to come to the table "within a month".

Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in the war in the following year to bolster Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi whose government fled to the southern city of Aden.

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