Over 187 children killed in Yemen unrest: Rights groups



Over 187 children killed in Yemen unrest: Rights groups Sanaa: One hundred and eighty-seven children have been killed since August in the conflict in north Yemen, a report by the local SEYAJ children's rights organisation and the UN Children's Fund said today.

The report also accused both north Yemen Shiite rebels and a pro-government militia of using child soldiers.

Seventy-one percent of the 187 were killed in the fighting, while the remainder died from lack of food or medical services, the report said.

The most recent round of a six-year conflict between the rebels, also known as Huthis, and government forces began on August 11, when the government launched an all-out offensive aiming to crush the uprising.

Saudi Arabia joined the fray on November 4, after accusing the rebels of killing a border guard and occupying two villages inside its territory.

The fighting has centred on the northern Saada and Amran provinces.

The report said there were child soldiers on both sides of the conflict -- 402 who fought for the Huthis, and 282 who fought for a pro-government militia.

However, it also noted that the actual number of child soldiers was probably much higher.

PTI