'Child dies every 10 min': UN, Amnesty call to stop Saudi-led assault on 'crucial lifeline' in Yemen

'Child dies every 10 min': UN, Amnesty call to stop Saudi-led assault on 'crucial lifeline' in Yemen ...
rt.com 26/04/2017 Military

Keywords:#Antonio_Guterres, #Geneva, #Rt.com, #Saudi, #Secretary-General, #Yemen

The UN has appealed for $2.1 billion to prevent the "starving of an entire generation" in Yemen. But it says a lack of funds is not the only issue of concern in the war-torn country, amid reports that the strategic port of Hodeidah may be targeted by the Saudi-led coalition.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed for the multi-million aid package for Yemen on Tuesday during the opening session of a donor conference in Geneva.
"On average, a child under the age of five dies of preventable causes in Yemen every 10 minutes," Guterres said. "This means 50 children in Yemen will die during today's conference, and all of those deaths could have been prevented," he added.
"We are witnessing the starving and the crippling of an entire generation," the UN Secretary-General warned, saying that two-thirds of the population or nearly 19 million people need emergency aid in Yemen.
They include some 3 million malnourished children.
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