UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A Saudi Arabia-led military coalition fighting in Yemen killed or injured 729 children during 2018, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a report to the Security Council on Friday that blacklisted the coalition for a third year.
The report, which does not subject those listed to action but rather shames parties to conflicts in the hope of pushing them to implement measures to protect children, has long been controversial with diplomats saying Saudi Arabia and Israel both exerted pressure in recent years in a bid to stay off the list.
Highest number of Palestinian children casualties
Guterres also reported that the highest number of Palestinian children had been killed or injured last year since 2014, mainly by Israeli forces.
Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates have waged war on Yemen since 2014 and have caused hundreds of casualties among Yemeni children and women