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Yemen Conflict Has Killed Nearly 400 Children, UN Says

Published: 19th August 2015 06:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th August 2015 06:31 AM   |  A+A-

By AP

UNITED NATIONS: The conflict in Yemen has killed nearly 400 children since the end of March, and a similar number of children have been recruited by armed groups. That's according to a new report by the U.N. children's agency.

This is UNICEF's first such alert on Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been fighting Shiite Houthi rebels since late March.

The report says that as of a week ago, 398 children have been killed, 377 have been recruited to fight and 1.3 million have fled their homes.

Human rights groups have expressed concern that both sides are violating the laws of war and not doing enough to protect civilians.

Amnesty International has called on the U.N. to create a commission of inquiry to investigate alleged war crimes.



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