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Attack in Yemen: UNICEF appeals to those involved to respect international humanitarian law

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on attack on health facility in Saada

NEW YORK, 27 October 2015 – “The health facility reportedly attacked today in Saada, Yemen, is the 39th health centre hit since the violence escalated in March. Critical shortages of fuel, medications, electricity, petrol and water threaten to stop many more from operating.

“More children in Yemen may well die from a lack of medicines and healthcare than from bullets and bombs. The threat of preventable diseases is acute and the number of children at risk of the deadliest form of malnutrition has tripled to more than half a million.

“Across the country, 10 million children require humanitarian aid. Once again, we appeal to all of those involved to respect international humanitarian law and to bring an end to this tragedy.”


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For further information please contact:

Rajat Madhok, UNICEF Yemen, +967 71 222 3001, +962 79 827 0912, rmadhok@unicef.org

Simon Ingram, UNICEF Amman, +962 79 590 4740, singram@unicef.org

Najwa Mekki, UNICEF New York, +1 917 209 1804, nmekki@unicef.org





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