The coalition was responsible for 60 percent of child deaths and injuries last year, killing 510 and wounding 667.
06/03/2016 02:43 am ET
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon slammed the Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting in Yemen for killing and maiming children by adding it to an annual blacklist of states and armed groups that violate children’s rights during conflict.
The coalition was responsible for 60 percent of child deaths and injuries last year, killing 510 and wounding 667, according to Ban’s report released on Thursday, which also said the coalition carried out half the attacks on schools and hospitals.
Also appearing again on the list is al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
The Saudi Arabia mission to the United Nations was not immediately available to comment on the report.
The U.N. report blacklists groups that “engage in the recruitment and use of children, sexual violence against children, the killing and maiming of children, attacks on schools and/or hospitals and attacks or threats of attacks against protected personnel, and the abduction of children.”
The report cited a deadly U.S. air strike on a hospital run by medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres in Kunduz, Afghanistan, although it said the attack was carried out by “international forces” and did not blacklist the United States. …
Ban urged the 193 U.N. member states to ensure engagement in hostilities and responses to threats to peace and security comply with international law.
“It is unacceptable that the failure to do so has resulted in numerous violations of children’s rights,” Ban said.