View Full Version : Third of fighters in Yemen are children, says Unicef

European Knight
04-10-2015, 12:07 PM

UN agency says at least 77 children have been killed in conflict since 26 March, and also warns of looming malnutrition crisis

Children make up a third of fighters in the armed groups in conflict-wracked Yemen, according to a UN official, who also issued a warning about malnutrition levels in the country.

“We are seeing children in battle, at checkpoints and unfortunately among [those] killed and injured,” Julien Harneis, Unicef’s representative in Yemen, said during a stop in Geneva.

He said staff of Unicef and its partners had estimated that around 30% of fighters in the armed groups were minors.



First Red Cross medical aid plane lands in Sanaa

By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News Friday, 10 April 2015

The first Red Cross plane carrying medical aid into Yemen landed in Sanaa airport on Friday, marking their first delivery of medical supplies since the beginning of the Saudi-led military campaign against Houthi militias.

“This is the first ICRC plane to have landed in Sanaa. It is loaded with 16 tons of medical aid,” Marie-Claire Feghali, spokeswoman in Yemen for the International Committee of the Red Cross, said in a tweet.

The shipment was made up of “drugs and surgical instruments,” the spokeswoman told AFP via telephone from Sanaa airport after the arrival of the plane.

“Tomorrow, a second plane will be carrying 32 tonnes of medical supplies, generators and water purification equipment for hospitals in Sanaa,” she added.