24 Million Children At Risk In Mideast Conflicts, Says UNICEF

Conflicts across the Middle East and North Africa are putting over 24 million children at risk, according to alarming new research by the U.N. Children’s Fund.

“Beyond the bombs, bullets and explosions, countless children are dying in silence from diseases that could easily be prevented and treated,” says Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

In Yemen, a two-year-long battle between a Saudi-led coalition and Iranian-backed rebels has pushed the country “to the brink of famine.” In Syria, More than two million children live under siege or in areas where aid groups struggle to reach. Libya is second only to Syria on that front, with 20 attacks on health facilities in the past year.

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