Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on Hospital Attack in Yemen

October 27, 2015

NEW YORK (October 27, 2015) – “The health facility reportedly attacked today in Saada, Yemen, is the 39th health center hit since the violence escalated in March. Critical shortages of fuel, medications, electricity, petrol and water threaten to stop many more from operating.

“More children in Yemen may well die from a lack of medicines and healthcare than from bullets and bombs. The threat of preventable diseases is acute and the number of children at risk of the deadliest form of malnutrition has tripled to more than half a million.

“Across the country, 10 million children require humanitarian aid. Once again, we appeal to all of those involved to respect international humanitarian law and to bring an end to this tragedy.”

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