Alwaght- Over 200 Yemeni children have been killed since the start of 2017 as Saudi Arabia continues daily bombardments on Yemen, a UN official said Monday.
"In 2017, 201 children killed in Yemen: 152 boys and 49 girls," Meritxell Relano, UNICEF Resident Representative in Yemen, said on Twitter.
She said that 347 Yemeni children were maimed, including 113 girls, and that 377 boys were recruited in the ongoing fighting in Yemen this year.
The UNICEF official's statements came after UN's Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Jamie McGoldrick said the reported airstrikes in Yemen by Saudi regime warplanes in which at least 12 civilians were killed, including children, is an example of the "disregard" for civilians' safety.
Relano said four girls and two boys aged between 2 and 14 years had been killed in the attack blamed on Saudi-led forces.
At least 1,546 children have been killed and 2,450 others injured in the three-year conflict in Yemen, according to UNICEF figures released in March.
Relano said on January 11 that some 2,000 schools across Yemen can no longer be used because they have been damaged, destroyed or are used as shelters or for military purposes.
The senior UN official called on all parties in the conflict to stop attacks on schools and protect children.
"Schools have to be zones of peace at all times, a sanctuary where children can learn, grow, play and be safe," Relano said. "Children should never risk their lives only to attend school."
A Saudi-led coalition started an illegal aggression on Yemen in March 2015 to oust the popular Ansarullah movement and restore to power fugitive Abdul Rabbuh Mansour Hadi who resigned as president and fled to Riyadh. The Saudis have failed to achieve their stated objective and are now stuck in the Yemen quagmire while indiscriminately bombarding the impoverished stated on an almost daily basis.
The Saudi war on Yemen, one of the world's most impoverished countries, has killed nearly 14,000 people and left tens of thousands wounded while displacing millions.
The Saudi-led coalition has imposed a sea and air blockade in many areas controlled by Ansarullah movement including the capital Sanaa, allowing in only limited UN-supervised deliveries of basic goods.
Meanwhile, over one million Yemeni children are at risk of dying from cholera due to a Saudi-led aggression and blockade against the impoverished Arab state.
According to Save the Children charity group, since the outbreak began three months ago, there have been 1,900 deaths and 440,000 cases.