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8 Key Facts About the Yemen Conflict You Need to Know

By Heba Kanso

BEIRUT, March 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Bombs from air raids have killed or injured an average of 37 children every month for the last 12 months, Save the Children said on Monday, as Yemen's brutal war enters its fifth year this week with no end in sight. 

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Air strikes have been the leading cause of war-related deaths and injuries among Yemeni children, according to the charity. The conflict pits the Iran-aligned Houthi movement against Yemen's Saudi-backed government.

Here are eight facts about the war that has created the world's worst humanitarian crisis and killed tens of thousands of people:

1. More than one third of Yemenis, or nearly 10 million people, cannot find enough to eat.  


2. An estimated 85,000 children under five may have died from extreme hunger in since 2015.


3. About 2 million Yemeni children are malnourished, with 360,000 of them suffering from "severe acute malnutrition".

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4. About 80% of the population, or 24 million people, need some form of humanitarian assistance. 


5. Nearly 18 million Yemenis lack access to clean water. 


6. More than 190,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries. 

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7. About 2 million children in Yemen are out of school.  


8. Some 1.2 million suspected cholera cases have been reported since 2017, with more than 2,500 deaths.

Sources: U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Reuters, U.N. children's agency, Save the Children, Mercy Corps( Reporting by Heba Kanso @hebakanso; Editing by Jason Fields.

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