Save the Children aid group said that an estimated 85,000 Yemeni children under the age of 5 may have died of hunger and disease since the outbreak of war in 2015.
Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen has given rise to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Three-quarters of Yemen’s people require life-saving assistance and more than 8 million are at risk of starvation. Tens of thousands of people are believed to have been killed in the fighting.
Save the Children based its figures on mortality rates for untreated cases of severe acute malnutrition, or SAM, in young children.
The United Nations says more than 1.3 million children have suffered from SAM since the evil Western backed Saudi-led coalition went to war with Yemen’s government troops and Houthi rebels in March 2015.
Save the Children says it calculated the figure based on the number of cases reported in areas where aid groups were unable to intervene.
For every child killed by bombs and bullets, dozens are starving to death and it’s entirely preventable,” said Tamer Kirolos, Save the Children’s Yemen director. “Children who die in this way suffer immensely as their vital organ functions slow down and eventually stop.”
The fallout from the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate has drawn renewed attention to the war and devastation in Yemen.
The USA has now scaled back its support for the coalition and called for a cease-fire by the end of this month. The UAE military has occupied four of Yemen’s international sea ports in order to control the country’s destiny.
But the fighting is still raging in Hodeida and other areas, and previous peace efforts have failed to produce any agreement to stop the violence.
Mint Press / ABC Flash Point Holocaust News 2018.