An international aid group says an estimated 130 children or more die every day in war-torn Yemen from extreme hunger and disease. Save the Children on Wednesday said that a continuing blockade by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Shiite rebels is likely to further increase the death rate. It says over 50,000 children are believed to have died in 2017.
Saudi Arabia blocked Yemen’s ports after a rebel missile attack near Riyadh. However, it said Monday the coalition would lift the blockade after widespread international criticism.
The UN and over 20 aid groups have said the blockade could bring millions of people closer to “starvation and death.” Over the past two years, over 10,000 people were killed and 3 million displaced amid the coalition’s air campaign.