Saudi-led coalition prevents food, killing 85,000 Yemeni children
Malnutrition among children widespread due to the continued war and siege imposed on Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition, backed by the US, for the fifth year.
Two children have died at the Al Sabeen Maternal and Child Hospital in the capital Sana’a due to severe acute malnutrition.
The Ministry of Public Health and Population in Sana’a reported that a Yemeni child dies every 10 minutes due to malnutrition or other diseases, a statistic consistent with a UN report issued in September 2018.
Save the Children in Yemen reported that 85,000 Yemeni children under five have died of malnutrition during the first three years of war.
In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.
Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.