Published: Sat, August 19, 2017
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

United Nations aid chief: War in Yemen causing starvation, cholera

United Nations aid chief: War in Yemen causing starvation, cholera

A draft version of a new UN Security Council report on the Saudi War in Yemen has been obtained by Foreign Policy, who are reporting that it accuses the Saudi coalition of "grave violations" of human rights, particularly against children in Yemen.

In Yemen, 50% of the victims children are the result of the arab Coalition led by saudi Arabia, says the document.

It said almost three-quarters of attacks on schools and hospitals — 38 of 52 — were also carried out by the coalition.

Warning about escalating suffering in Yemen's man-made catastrophe, senior United Nations officials on Friday addressed the Security Council, calling on the worldwide community to push for a political solution to the more than two-year-old conflict. The coalition was briefly added previous year and then removed by then-U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon pending a review.

"Yemeni militias detained three employees of the United States embassy separately and took them to an unknown place", the source said.

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Foreign Policy magazine reported on Wednesday that Virgina Gamba, the new United Nations special representative for children and armed conflict, intends to recommend that the Saudi-led coalition be added to the list of countries that kill and maim children. It declined to comment on the findings in the draft report for 2016. He said its contents are still under discussion and the decision of who will be on the blacklist is up to him. It encourages the inclusion of the coalition on the blacklist of nations that kill and maim children in war.

"We trust that the United Nations will make the appropriate decision on this matter", taking into consideration an ongoing review with the United Nations and "the positive exchange of information" on the coalition's activities, it said.

The "vicious and brutal" war between the Saudi-backed Yemeni government and Iran-allied Houthi rebels is frequently conducted with complete disregard for worldwide humanitarian law, Stephen O'Brien told the Security Council at a briefing in NY.

"Most of the need is in the north of Yemen, not the south. Fact".

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