Asharq Al-awsat English https://aawsat.com/english Middle-east and International News and Opinion from Asharq Al-awsat Newspaper http://feedly.com/icon.svg

Arab Coalition to Launch UN-Sponsored Initiative for Children Affected by Yemen War

Arab Coalition to Launch UN-Sponsored Initiative for Children Affected by Yemen War

Monday, 1 April, 2019 - 19:00
Arab Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki. (Reuters)
Asharq Al-Awsat
The Saudi-led Arab coalition will launch a UN-sponsored global initiative to support children affected by the war in Yemen, reported the Saudi Press Agency.

Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said that efforts are underway between Saudi Arabia, the UN and some members of the alliance to launch the initiative this month.

It will focus on reintegrating children affected by war into society, he told a press conference in Riyadh.

Moreover, he underscored the memorandum of understanding signed last month between the Arab coalition and UN to protect children affected by Yemen’s war.

Maliki said that the agreement was a product of the cooperation between the alliance and UN to protect Yemen’s children.

He stressed that the coalition was still taking the necessary measures to avoid children being dragged into the armed conflict. The Iran-backed Houthi militias, on the other hand, are recruiting children by force or by luring them in return for material rewards.

According to UN rights reports, the Houthis are accused of recruiting more than 24,000 children, he charged.

He revealed that 113 children affected by the Yemen war have been rehabilitated by the coalition and returned to their families through the legitimate Yemeni government and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Editor Picks

Multimedia