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6700 children have been killed in Yemen war since 2015: UNICEF

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has said that more than 6700 children have been killed since the outbreak of the Yemen war in 2015.

The UN body said that around 358,000 Yemeni children are suffering from acute malnutrition.  The organisation on its Twitter handle said that the victims of the civil war in the country required immediate treatment.

The UNICEF called for halting attacks against children in the war-torn country.

The forces of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and Houthi militants are engaged in a fierce fighting since 2015. The Houthis are controlling several provinces of the country including capital Sanaa.

In 2015, a Saudi-led coalition started aerial strikes against Houthis.  Yemen conflict is deemed a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia for stretching influence in the region.

Due to the war, a famine like a situation is prevailing in the impoverished country with three-quarters of Yemen’s population in dire need of humanitarian aid.