UN: Over 11K Children Killed or Maimed in Yemen

Photo: AFP [via France 24]

The Facts

  • The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) released a report on Monday stating that more than 11K children have been killed or maimed in Yemen's civil war since it began in late 2014, triggering what has been characterized as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

  • According to UNICEF, between July and September of this year alone, at least 74 children were among the 164 people killed or injured by landmines and unexploded ordnance. More than 17.8M Yemenis also lack access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene services.

The Spin

Establishment-critical narrative

There is only one party to blame for Yemeni children's horrific suffering: Saudi Arabia and its allies. The war has ultimately been the result of Saudi Arabia's aggression toward Yemen and the resulting siege it imposed on Houthi-controlled areas. Saudi-US aggression must bear the responsibility for this humanitarian cataclysm.

Pro-establishment narrative

The suffering of Yemeni children falls on Iran and its proxy force that only seek to terrorize Yemenis and cause chaos in the region. Though the Houthis and their supporters pretend that Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in Yemen out of nowhere, they only responded when the Houthis captured Sanaa and the internationally-recognized Yemeni government invited the intervention. Iran and its proxy forces must take responsibility for this atrocity.

Establishment split



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