Sana’a Foreign Ministry: Coalition Used Internationally Prohibited Weapons to Target Yemeni Children
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sana’a government informed the international community, including the Security Council, the Human Rights Council, the Secretary-General of the United Nations and his special envoy to Yemen, and brotherly and friendly countries of the statement issued by the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood on the occasion of International Children’s Day.
The statement, stated that at a time when the countries of the world celebrate their achievements in protecting children.
Yemeni children are still being killed, displaced, disabled and sick as a result of the war and blockade imposed on Yemen for the eighth year in a row, during which the countries of the US-Saudi-Emirati coalition used all internationally prohibited weapons in full view of the world.
The statement pointed out that the international community did not move a finger, although the United Nations considered what happened in Yemen the worst humanitarian disaster in modern history, and during the past years more than ten thousand children, both male and female, were killed, and more than 40 thousand children were wounded and permanently disabled, and about two million children were displaced.
It also stated that more than 12 million Yemeni children, according to UNICEF, are now in need of urgent humanitarian aid, in addition to the fact that the education of more than six million children is at stake after the deterioration of the educational system as a result of the war, siege, looting of salaries and obstruction of the printing of textbooks, and the targeting of more than 3,600 An educational facility and its destruction, either in whole or in part, left about two million children out of school.
The statement pointed out that the targeting of more than 51 percent of health facilities led to severe consequences for society in general, children and their mothers in particular, in addition to the death of more than 12,000 children as a result of the blockade that prevented their travel to receive treatment by closing Sana’a airport.
The statement mentioned that millions of children in Yemen suffer, according to UNICEF, from malnutrition and severe malnutrition, and about 700 thousand were infected with cholera, explaining that children under the age of five constitute about 25 percent of these cases.
Moreover, it indicated that the number of child deaths is catastrophic as a result of the spread of many diseases such as cholera, diphtheria, measles, polio, smallpox, and other diseases that Yemen had declared free of years ago, in addition to preventing the entry of more than three hundred types of medicines into Yemen.
According to the statement, the direct targeting of playgrounds, gardens, and parks, and the economic situation resulting from the plundering of wealth, the transfer of the central bank to Aden, and the deprivation of state employees of their salaries, have led to the deprivation of children of their most basic rights to entertainment, play, participation, and other rights that Yemeni children are supposed to enjoy like other children. the scientist.
The statement stressed that it is regrettable that the United Nations not only did not turn its back on what happened to the children of Yemen, but rather it rewarded the executioner and removed the Saud coalition and its mercenaries from the list of shame for the violators of children’s rights.
The statement indicated that the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, while saluting the steadfastness, sacrifices and patience of the Yemeni people, and affirming Yemen’s commitment to protecting and promoting children’s rights, calls on free world’s countries, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, his representative for children and armed conflict, the Security Council, the Human Rights Council, and relevant organizations , especially the United Nations Children’s Fund “UNICEF” and human rights and humanitarian organizations, to condemn the crimes committed against the children of Yemen and pressure to end them and bring the perpetrators to justice so that they receive their deterrent punishment.