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UN blacklists Saudi-led coalition over child deaths in Yemen

Yemeni children look at buildings that were damaged by air strikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition over the past year in the old city of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, on March 23, 2016UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday placed the Saudi-led military coalition supporting Yemen’s government on an annual blacklist over the deaths of hundreds of children in airstrikes. Yemen’s Shiite Huthi rebels who seized the capital Sanaa in September 2014 were also added to the list of children’s rights violators released Thursday, detailing offenses in 14 countries. “The situation in Yemen was particularly worrisome with a five-fold increase in the number of children recruited (by armed groups) and six times more children killed and maimed compared to 2014,” it said.

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