UN says war-torn Yemen 'living hell' for children

UN says war-torn Yemen 'living hell' for children

UN says war-torn Yemen 'living hell' for children

"Despite the appeals, fighting continued on Friday, with the Saudi-led coalition saying it had attacked Sanaa International Airport and an adjoining air base being used by Houthi insurgents".

Early in the day, the Houthi-affiliated Masirah television network reported that a ballistic missile fired by the their fighters targeted pro-government forces in Hodeidah, causing heavy casualties.

Thirteen pro-government troops were killed, medical sources in Aden and Mokha - where the fighters were transported.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Yemen is teetering "on a precipice", appealing to the global community to put an end to the Saudi war on the impoverished nation, more than three-and-a-half years after the regime and a number of its allies invaded the peninsular country.

More than three and a half years into the war, Saudi Arabia has achieved neither of its objectives. He said the situation in Yemen now to his last visit in 2017 is deteriorating, adding that "the war is taking hostage millions of Yemenis who can't afford basic needs". "Today not more than 40 percent of the children throughout Yemen are being vaccinated", he said. The United Nations estimates that if this continues 14 million people, half of Yemen's population, could be in a state of starvation as a result of the conflict.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Friday that Yemen is teetering "on a precipice", appealing to the worldwide community to put an end to the Saudi war on the impoverished nation.

Both the coalition and rebels stand accused of acts that could amount to war crimes, and the Saudi-led coalition has been blacklisted by the United Nations for the maiming and killing of Yemeni children in air raids.

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The country is ravaged by a war that has left some 10,000 dead and more than 56,000 injured according to the UN.

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie, a special envoy for the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), appealed for an immediate ceasefire.

Without resolution to ongoing conflict, Yemen could face world's "worst famine" for decades, Antonio Guterres says.

"The only way to enable refugees to return home, and to bring down the overall numbers worldwide, is to end conflicts themselves".

The Saudi-backed government forces vowed to continue in pushing forward in an attempt to seize the city's strategic port, but Houthis face the offense with stiff resistance.

Concerned by the rise of the Houthis, believed to be backed by Iran, a US-backed Saudi-UAE military coalition launched an intervention in 2015 in the form of a massive air campaign aimed at reinstalling Hadi's government.

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