85,000 Yemeni children die of hunger, says humanitarian body

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An estimated 85,000 children under five may have died from extreme hunger in Yemen since a Saudi-led coalition intervened in the civil war in 2015.

The humanitarian body, Save the Children, made this declaration on Wednesday.

It said that according to a conservative estimate based on U.N. data, approximately 84,700 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition may have died between April 2015 and October 2018.

In the impoverished country, a Western-backed Arab alliance is battling the Houthi movement that holds the capital.

“We are horrified that some 85,000 children in Yemen may have died because of the consequences of extreme hunger since the war began.

“For every child killed by bombs and bullets, dozens are dying from hunger and disease and it’s entirely preventable,” the organisation stated in a statement.

The last available figure from the United Nations for the death toll from the war was in 2016 and it stood at more than 10,000.

Reuters/NAN