YEMEN Press Agency

13,088 children, women killed, injured in coalition war on Yemen: Rights Report

SANAA, Jan. 28 (YPA) – Entesaf Organization for Women and Child Rights revealed in a press conference held Thursday in Sanaa that 13,088 children and women have been killed and wounded since the beginning of Saudi-led coalition war on Yemen in March 2015.

According to the organization’s report, among the deaths were 3,798 children and 2,392 women, while 4,089 children and 2,800 women were wounded.

The organization mentioned that the malnutrition cases among children under the age of five in Yemen exceeded 2.6 million children out of 5.5 million, about 47 percent.

It indicated that the infant mortality rate reached 27 births per 1,000 births, and that there are about 30,000 newborns died during the year 2019 only, out of 1,122,781 births, i.e. three newborns die every hour.

The organization’s report also pointed out that the closure of Sanaa International Airport resulted in isolating Yemenis, restricting the freedom of millions, and disrupting navigation to vital and commercial supplies.

The closure of Sanaa airport exacerbated the humanitarian situation and led to the death of 80,000 patients who needed to travel for treatment, the report confirmed, noting that more than 450,000 patients urgently need to travel abroad for treatment, among them over 12,000 patients with kidney failure and need an urgent kidney transplant.

The report added that more than 65,000 patients with cancer, including a large number of children and women, are at risk of death as a result of the continued closure of Sanaa airport.

The organization’s report also stated that the total number of educational facilities damaged by the coalition raids in Yemen reached 3,652 schools, including those were entirely and partially destroyed or closed schools.