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The War In Yemen Is Killing Or Maiming Eight Children Every Day

The United Nations now says that the ongoing war in Yemen has killed nearly 400 children and wounded 600 more.

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An average of eight children per day are being killed or maimed since the start of Yemen's ongoing war, the United Nations said on Wednesday, with hundreds more left wounded by the conflict.

The clash, which pits what remains of the Yemeni government and its Saudi Arabian supporters against a rebel group known as the Houthis, has left large parts of Yemen in rubble and the country's infrastructure shattered.


And according to a new report from UNICEF, Yemen's children are bearing the brunt of the war's results: 398 have been confirmed killed so far. And some 10 million children, or 80% of all children in Yemen, are in need of emergency humanitarian assistance.

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1.8 million are "likely to suffer from some form of malnutrition by the end of the year."

Nearly 600 children have been wounded during the fighting so far, with little medical recourse. "15.2 million people lack access to basic health care, with 900 health facilities closed since March 26," UNICEF's release continued.

Adding to the pain children in Yemen are facing, they're being used as soldiers on the front lines — nearly every faction in the multi-sided fight for Yemen utilizes boys under the age of 18.

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UNICEF says it has confirmed the identity of 377 active child soldiers so far this year.

"Yemen after five months looks like Syria after five years," Peter Maurer, the head of the International Committee for the Red Cross, told the Associated Press on Wednesday after completing a visit to the country.

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"The firepower with which this war is fought on the ground and in the air is causing more suffering than in other societies which are stronger and where infrastructures are better off and people are wealthier and have reserves and can escape," he said.

Hayes Brown is a world news editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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