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Yemen war a living hell for children: UN

IANS  |  Sanaa 

Unicef's for the and has said the war in had turned the entire country into "a living hell for children".

Geert Cappelaere said this on Sunday at a press conference about the man-made humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen, where pre-famine conditions threaten 14 million people, or half the country's population, according to UN estimates.

"Yemen, colleagues, is today a living hell for children. A living hell not for 50-60 per cent of children. It is a living hell for every single boy and girl in Yemen," Cappelaere said in Amman, Jordan, after his recent trip to Yemen, news reported.

"I visited The port is a lifeline for 70-80 percent of the Yemeni population. It is only through that commercial and humanitarian supplies arrive, enabling us to deliver assistance in the northern part of the country," the said.

Since Saturday, the fighting has intensified around Hodeida, which is held by the Houthi rebel forces that also control the capital,

Forces loyal to the Aden-based government, which is backed by and the United Arab Emirates, have surrounded neighbourhoods in the eastern part of Hodeida, residents told on Sunday.

Yemenis from the July 7 neighbourhood said hundreds of people had started fleeing their homes as the neighbourhood was under bombardment, adding that residents of nearby areas were also fleeing the city to the south.

More than 50 Houthi rebels and 17 pro-government fighters have been killed in clashes, state television reported Sunday, but it was unclear when the deaths occurred.

The war returned to the global spotlight last week when US media published a photo of an emaciated Yemeni girl named Amal, whose death on November 1 was referenced by the

"There is not one - there are many thousands of 'Amals'," Cappelaere said.



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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 07:08 IST