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Yemeni children hold rallies on World Children Day


Mohamad Attab

Press TV, Sana'a

Here outside the UN's office, Yemeni children have come together to mark World Children's Day as they chanted slogans against Saudi rulers calling on the international community to take steps and put an end to the deadly war on their country.

A similar rally was held by Yemeni children outside Sana'a international airport to remind UN's envoy to Yemen of their plight. The children also called for their right to live in peace.

Rights activist Hamid Rafiq told Press TV that given the hardship that the Yemeni children have gone through over the past five years, the world community should take serious action and end the illegal war imposed on Yemen.

Early this year, a school for female students was targeted by Saudi jets leaving several dead and tens of others injured. In another attack on a school bus last year, 52 Yemeni children were killed.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimates that two million children are out of school in Yemen, which has been the subject of a destructive Saudi-led military campaign for nearly five years.

It also warned that the education of a further 3.7 million children is at risk as teachers have not received their salaries for over two years, adding that one fifth of schools in Yemen can no longer be used as a direct result of the conflict.

On World Children's day, young Yemeni students are trying to make their voices heard by gathering outside the UN office in the capital. They want an end to the years-long Saudi war and blockade on their country.

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