SANA’A (Dispatches) – A human rights
organization says 300 Yemeni children die every day due to malnutrition, as Saudi Arabia keeps bombing its southern impoverished neighbor.
In a report published on Thursday, Yemen-based Entesaf Organization for Women and Child Rights said more than three million Yemeni children suffer from siege-inflicted malnutrition while more than 300 children lose their lives on a daily basis because of the serious condition.
The report, cited by Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network, added that there are more than 3,000 children suffering from congenital abnormalities, while over 3,000 others need open heart surgery outside the impoverished country.
According to the appalling report, which was read during a press conference in capital Sana’a, 3,825 children have been killed and 4,157 others wounded since the onset of Saudi Arabia’s imposed war against Yemen six years ago.
Saudi Arabia, supported by its regional and Western allies, launched the devastating military aggression against its southern neighbor in March 2015 in collaboration with a number of its allied states and with arms and logistics support from the U.S. and several Western states.
Yemen has warned Saudi Arabia of “serious consequences” following major escalation of deadly onslaught against Yemeni provinces.
“In a major escalation, the forces of the Saudi-American aggression have launched more than 65 air raids over the past 24 hours across a number of governorates of the Republic,” spokesman of the Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Saree wrote in a tweet on Thursday night.
“This escalation will have serious consequences for the forces of aggression, they must bear the consequences,” he added.
Early on Thursday, Saudi Arabia conducted a massive operation against Sana’a, Dhamar, Sa’ada, and al-Jawf provinces in response to what it called threats of drone and ballistic missile raids, according to the report.
In another development, a spokesman for the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has denounced the recent executions of 10 prisoners in Yemen by Saudi-backed militants, saying the perpetrators must be brought to justice.
“We condemn the summary executions of 10 individuals belonging to local security forces that took place in Hudaydah governorate on 13 November,” Stephane Dujarric said during a press briefing on Wednesday.
According to the Yemeni National Salvation Government, Saudi mercenaries executed the victims in the western coastal city of Hudaydah on Saturday and dismembered their bodies.
The government, which is run by the Houthi Ansarullah movement, also condemned the executions, describing it as a “war crime” and a blatant violation of international humanitarian law.