BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – As many as 85,000 children under the age of 5 may have died from hunger and disease since the start of the Yemeni conflict, the Save the Children organization said on Wednesday.
According to Save the Children, the 85,000 number is a ‘conservative’ estimate that is based on the average mortality rates for severe acute malnutrition.
The aforementioned illness has afflicted more than 1.3 million Yemeni children since the start of the Yemen conflict, the United Nations reported.
“For every child killed by bombs and bullets, dozens are starving to death and it’s entirely preventable,” Tamer Kirolos, Save the Children’s Yemen director, said, adding that “children who die in this way suffer immensely.”
The war in Yemen broke out in March 2015 when a large number of civilians protested against the regime of Yemeni President ‘Abd Rubbah Mansour Hadi.
Since the advent of the war, several Arab nations, led by Saudi Arabia, have entered Yemen to combat the anti-regime Houthi Movement.