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Ellen Mills
July 21, 2017

Charities have urged the U.N.to blacklist the Saudi-led coalition over child rights violations in Yemen after research showed more than 120 children were killed or maimed in airstrikes by the alliance a year ago.

"The incident was reported on Tuesday afternoon and the number of civilian casualties are still being verified with initial reports pointing to at least 20 deaths", the agency said in statement.

Yemen's government, allied with a Saudi-led Arab military coalition, has for years been battling Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels for control of the impoverished country.

The deaths also highlight the security challenges that aid organizations face in Yemen, the United Nations agency said, adding that it was "deeply shocked and saddened" by the incident.

Earlier, the officials said the family was fleeing from the fighting raging in the province.

The coalition, backed by the USA, initially launched an aerial bombing campaign against Shiite Houthi rebels in March 2015 followed by a ground operation.

"[Children] are facing threats from all sides, they've got the threat of airstrikes from above, which are continuous - just in the past few weeks we've seen [bombs] landing on marketplaces where civilians have been killed", Caroline Anning, senior conflict and humanitarian advocacy adviser at Save the Children, said to the Guardian.

The UNHCR statement said more than half a million civilians, 27 per cent of Yemen's internally displaced people (IDPs), originate from the governeorate of Taez. It accuses the rebels of using civilians as human shields.

"The coalition claimed that the security of the journalists could not be guaranteed in Houthi-controlled areas, and advised the three journalists to travel on commercial flights", Ahmed Ben Lassoued, a spokesman for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Yemen, said on Tuesday.

"A peaceful political solution to resolve the conflict in Yemen is urgently needed to end civilian suffering", UNHCR stated.

The campaigners want the U.N.to highlight crimes committed by Saudi Arabia in its annual children and armed conflict report, expected to be released next month.

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