11 Yemeni children killed by Iran-backed Houthis in past three days

Eleven children, including a one-month old baby, have been killed in Yemen in the last three days, according to the United Nations.

The first shelling took place in the town of Durayhimi over the weekend, just south of the strategic port city of Hodeida, which handles about 70 percent of all imports to Yemen. The second took place in the neighborhood of Usayfara on Monday, in the large government-controlled province of Taiz.

UNCIEF said it was unclear who was behind the attacks and warned the number of casualties was expected to rise. But sources said that Iran-backed Hothis were behind these attacks.

“The killing of children is appalling. Children should be protected at all times. We call on all parties to the conflict to spare children and keep them out of harm’s way,” said Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF Representative to Yemen.

“Attacks on civilians including children and attacks on civilian populated areas violate international humanitarian law.”