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Aid group: 85,000 children may have died of hunger in Yemen

An international aid group says an estimated 85,000 children under age 5 may have died of hunger and disease since the outbreak of Yemen's civil war in 2015

Reported by: AP [ Published on: November 21, 2018 13:00 IST ]
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SANAA, Yemen (AP) — An international aid group says an estimated 85,000 children under age 5 may have died of hunger and disease since the outbreak of Yemen's civil war in 2015.

Save the Children said Wednesday the "conservative" estimate is based on average mortality rates for Severe Acute Malnutrition, which the U.N. says has afflicted more than 1.3 million children since a Saudi-led coalition went to war with Yemen's Houthi rebels in March 2015.

Tamer Kirolos, Save the Children's Yemen director, says: "For every child killed by bombs and bullets, dozens are starving to death and it's entirely preventable," adding that "children who die in this way suffer immensely."

The war and a Saudi-led blockade have created the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with more than 8 million people at risk of starvation.

Disclaimer: This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Associated Press (AP) wire.

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