Over 8 million children lack access to drinking water in Yemen: UN

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Published 22.11.2018 19:43
In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, file photo, a father gives water to his malnourished daughter at a feeding center in a hospital in Hodeida, Yemen. (AP Photo)
In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, file photo, a father gives water to his malnourished daughter at a feeding center in a hospital in Hodeida, Yemen. (AP Photo)

Some 8.6 million Yemeni children currently lack access to potable water, the UN children's fund (UNICEF) reported on Thursday.

Speaking via Twitter, UNICEF warned that a chronic lack of access to water and health services was putting Yemeni children at risk of cholera, an infectious -- and often fatal -- bacterial disease.

According to UN figures, some 85,000 Yemeni children less than five years old have died of malnutrition since the conflict in Yemen began in 2015.

Impoverished Yemen has remained wracked by violence since 2014, when Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including capital Sanaa.

The conflict escalated in 2015 when Saudi Arabia and its Sunni-Arab allies launched a devastating air campaign in Yemen aimed at rolling back Houthi gains.

Nearly 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen since the Saudi-led intervention began, according to the World Health Organization, and 14 million people are at risk of starvation.

As the conflict enters its fourth year, about 14 million people in Yemen -- roughly half of the country's total population -- are at risk of starvation, the UN says.

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