Christophe Boulierac, the spokesman for the UN children's agency, said on Friday that more than 500 children have been killed and 702 injured in Yemen since March when the Saudi led coalition intervening in the country started to carry out air strikes targeting the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in order to defend embattled President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.
The Arab coalition initiated its air war against the Houthis on 26 March, when President Hadi fled to neighbouring Saudi Arabia and asked for help.
The coalition is also running training programmes and dropping weapons for Yemeni fighters loyal to Hadi.
Nearly two million youths are at risk of malnutrition in the country, Boulierac said, urging all parties to bring an end to the violence.
Cases of recruitment of children in the country on both sides also increased in 2015, he said
“Children in Yemen are being used by armed groups, manning checkpoints or carrying arms.”
Boulierac said humanitarian aid is urgently needed for the country, where 10 million children are desperately waiting for help.
The danger of malnutrition threatens 537,000 children under five. The number of children at risk was standing at 160,000 before the war began, he stated.
The UN says 2,355 civilians have been killed in Yemen since late March, while 4,862 people have been injured and some 1.4 million people have fled their homes.