Dubai - According to estimates by the aid organization, around 85,000 small children died of hunger and disease between April 2015 and October 2018 in the civil war country of Yemen.
The figures are based on data from the United Nations and represent "cautious estimate" the organization announced today. The figures refer to the under-five mortality rate from malnutrition and disease. The Save The Children director for Yemen, Tamer Kirolos, was "shocked" by the numbers. Starvation could be prevented, he stressed.
In Yemen, war has been raging since 2014 between those supported by Iran Houthi rebels and the troops of President Abd Rabbo Mansur Hadi supported by Saudi Arabia and other Arab states. According to the UN, around 10,000 people have already been killed in the war.
The UN special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, was expected today for talks in the capital Sanaa. Griffiths wants to convince the conflicting parties to travel to Sweden for peace talks soon. In addition, it should be about the situation in the contested port city of Hodeida. If the city is cut off due to fighting or damage, 14 million people will face starvation, according to UN figures.