Saudi-led alliance has made it to the UN chief’s annual list of shame for killing 683 children during 2016. The UN added a Saudi-led military coalition to the blacklist of child rights violators for causing the deaths and injuries of hundreds of children in war-torn Yemen.
However, the UN annual report on children also noted that the coalition had taken some measures to protect the children.
The blacklist also included the Houthi rebel group, Yemen government forces, pro-government militia and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula for violations against children in 2016.
The report from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was handed over the Security Council.
In a statement released along with the report, Guterres said the blacklist was “not only to raise awareness” but also to “promote measures that can diminish the tragic plight of children in conflict”.
Yemen has been in state of crisis with a civil war for more than two years in which President Abd-Rabu Mansour Hadi’s government, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, is fighting to drive the Houthis out of cities they seized in 2014 and 2015.
More than 10,000 people have been killed during the period and has ruined the economy. The Houthis control much of northern Yemen, including the capital, Sanaa.