At least 26 children killed in Yemen unrest: Unicef

19th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

At least 26 children have been killed during the unrest in Yemen over the last two months by live bullets and ammunition, the UN Children's Fund said Tuesday.

"Yemen has had the highest number of children being killed or injured due to political unrest in the region," said Marixie Mercado, Unicef spokeswoman.

"Between February 18 and April 18, at least 26 children have been killed, mainly by live bullets and ammunition," she noted.

At least another 36 children were wounded by live ammunition while 47 were injured by physical violence such as beatings in the protests, said Unicef.

"Yemen was already the least developed country in the region and the unrest in the past months is exacting a terrible toll on children," said Mercado, urging warring parties to keep children out of harm's way.

More than 125 people have been killed in the protests which broke out across the impoverished state in late January.

© 2011 AFP

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