Published: Sun, October 08, 2017
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

United States approves $15bn Thaad missile for Saudi Arabia

United States approves $15bn Thaad missile for Saudi Arabia

The report was prepared by the UN Children and Armed Conflict envoy Virginia Gamba and issued in the name of Guterres.

The blacklist also named Yemen government forces, pro-government militia and Al Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula for violations against children in 2016 - as it also did in last year's report.

The U.N. document also said Houthi rebels were responsible for 414 child casualties.

In a bid to dampen controversy, for the first time, the new list in the annual report on children in armed conflict has been split into two parts by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

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This year's report differentiates between parties that have not "put in place measures during the reporting period aimed at improving the protection of children" and those that have.

"The USA and other states that supply arms for use by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen must stop doing so and the United Nations Security Council should impose an arms embargo to bring an end to such horrific abuses", she added.

Saudi Arabia rejected on Friday information and numbers listed in a United Nations report that blames the Saudi-led coalition for killing or injuring 683 children in Yemen, describing the report as "inaccurate and misleading". The report stresses, Saudi Arabia and its allies are undertaking measures to ease consequences from the conflict for children.

The UN said on Thursday, for nine months the coalition would not allow the UN to deliver to Yemen's Hodeidah port the cranes to unload vessels carrying humanitarian assistance and commercial cargoes.

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Ban described his decision to remove the coalition off the list as one of the most "painful and hard", but stood by his choice warning that "millions of other children would suffer grievously" in places such as Palestine, South Sudan and Syria if funding were cut.

Saudi UN Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi said in a statement that his country exercises the maximum degree of care and precaution to avoid civilian harm.

The conflict in Yemen began in early 2015, when Houthi rebels - a minority Shia group from the north of the country - drove out the US-backed government led by President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi and took over the capital of Sanaa. The war in Yemen has killed over 10,000 civilians, displaced 3 million people, and led to the world's largest cholera outbreak with over 700,000 suspected cases and more than 2,000 deaths this year.

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