UN removes Saudi-led coalition from child rights blacklist

Yemeni children stand outside a tent at a makeshift camp for Internally Displaced Persons after they were forced to flee their homes due to the ongoing fighting in the country, in the Nehm region, west of Marib city, on May 8, 2016The United Nations has removed the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen from a blacklist of child rights violators after Riyadh angrily protested the decision. Saudi Arabia had demanded that a UN report be “corrected” after it concluded that the coalition was responsible for 60 percent of the 785 children killed in Yemen last year. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon agreed to a Saudi proposal to review the facts and cases cited in the report jointly with the coalition, his spokesman Stephan Dujarric said.

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