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At least 11 children killed in Yemen shelling, says Unicef

AT LEAST 11 children — the youngest just a month old — have been killed in Yemen in the past three days, Unicef said on Tuesday.

The children were killed during the shelling of the town of Durayhimi and in Usayfara, Taiz province. Yemen’s ousted Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi administration, which Saudi Arabia has been fighting a bloody war to restore to power for the last five years, blamed Houthi forces — which have controlled most of Yemen since 2014 — for the deaths.

Unicef Yemen representative Philippe Duamelle said: “The killing of children is appalling. Children should be protected at all times.”

The Saudi coalition itself has repeatedly committed war crimes against child targets, including a notorious 2018 strike on a school bus that killed 40 children and 11 adults. Peace campaigners have called on the US and British governments to stop supplying the Saudi military with arms used in these atrocities.

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