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U.N.: 2,000 Children Died Since 2020 After Being Forced into Combat in Yemen

HeadlineJan 31, 2022

Nearly 2,000 child soldiers in Yemen have died in combat since 2020, according to U.N. investigators. Houthi rebels have pressed children as young as 7 into the fight against the Saudi-led coalition, with kids in one summer camp taught to clean weapons and evade rockets. The report also found Saudi-led forces continue to inflict heavy casualties on Yemen’s civilians. The U.N. says violations of international law have become “the norm rather than the exception” in Yemen.

This comes as the United Arab Emirates says it intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi rebels amid the ongoing attacks between the parties. Israel’s president is on an official visit to Abu Dhabi for the first time, 16 months after the two nations normalized relations.

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