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UNICEF denounces high number of children killed or injured in Yemen

UNICEF denounces high number of children killed or injured in Yemen

Aden, Yemen, Aug 29 (Prensa Latina) Almost 11,000 children have died or been wounded as a result of the conflict in Yemen since 2015, denounced Adele Khodr, UNICEF regional director for the Middle East and North Africa of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

In her Twitter account, Khodr called on all parties to the conflict to protect minors and dispose of the hundreds of mines planted throughout the country.

The Committee of the International Red Cross (ICRC) stated earlier this year that more than 20 million Yemenis, out of a population of 31 million, lack access to basic health care and 16.2 million are threatened by lack of food.

Barely 51 percent of health centers are in service after almost eight years of war, which makes medical care a luxury, lamented that institution.

The ICRC highlighted that more than a million landmines and unexploded ordnance are scattered throughout the country, causing deaths and injuries on a daily basis.

According to the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, two-thirds of the population, some 20 million people, depend on humanitarian assistance and 80 percent live below the poverty line.

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