Children make up a third of the combatants in Yemen’s conflict with Saudi Arabia, says a U.N. official.

Agence France-Presse reports via The Guardian:

“We are seeing children in battle, at checkpoints and unfortunately among [those] killed and injured,” Julien Harneis, Unicef’s representative in Yemen, said during a stop in Geneva.

He said staff of Unicef and its partners had estimated that around 30% of fighters in the armed groups were minors.

Saudi-led forces launched air strikes last month as Shia Houthi rebels advanced on Yemen’s main southern city of Aden after seizing the capital.

The president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, fled Aden for Saudi Arabia during the Houthi advance and the city has since seen heavy clashes between pro- and anti-government forces.

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— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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