The attacks and the increase in violence this month in Yemense have claimed the lives of at least eight children, while another 33 have been injured by the escalation of the conflict in this country devastated by a A bloody war that began in 2014, UNICEF denounced today.

“A growing wave of violence in Yemen continues to take a devastating toll on children, with eight children confirmed dead and 33 more injured in a series of attacks since the beginning of the month,” UNICEF Representative in Yemen, Philippe, said in a statement.

The organization has been able to verify these incidents at a time when the conflict is intensifying on the front lines, especially in the south-western province of Taiz and in the port city of Hudeida, where fighting between Houthi rebels and internationally recognized government troops.

However, Philippe Duamelle noted that the death toll may be “even higher.”

“We condemn these attacks in the strongest possible terms. Too often, children and their families pay the highest price when conflict breaks out around them,” said the representative of the United Nations agency.

Last week, at least three children between the ages of 6 and 12 were killed by a missile hitting a school that had been occupied by government troops in Taiz province, where the Houthis are carrying out an offensive to seize them. control of the area.

Also, in early March the NGO Save the Children said that in recent weeks violence in Yemen has left a total of 20 children dead or injured.

The war in Yemen broke out in 2014 and in March 2015 turned into a regional conflict with the intervention of a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia against the Houthi rebels and in support of the internationally recognized government.

According to the UN, the conflict has caused the largest humanitarian catastrophe on the planet and more than 80% of the Yemeni population requires some kind of help.

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