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At least 74 children killed in Yemen conflict in past fortnight

Press Association

Published 07/04/2015 | 08:14

Children ride on the back of a pick-up truck with their luggage as they flee Saudi-led air strikes in Sanaa April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
Children ride on the back of a pick-up truck with their luggage as they flee Saudi-led air strikes in Sanaa April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
A Saudi soldier takes his position at Saudi Arabia's border with Yemen April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser
Smoke billows at a military site after it was hit by an air strike at the Faj Attan mountain of Sanaa April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi
A Saudi soldier looks through binoculars at Saudi Arabia's border with Yemen April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser
A Saudi soldier takes his position at Saudi Arabia's border with Yemen April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser
A Saudi soldier looks through binoculars at Saudi Arabia's border with Yemen April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser
Smoke billows at a military site after it was hit by an air strike at the Faj Attan mountain of Sanaa April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi
Fire and smoke are seen at a military site after it was hit by an air strike at the Faj Attan mountain of Sanaa April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi
Saudi soldiers are deployed at Saudi Arabia's border with Yemen April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser
Saudi soldiers are deployed at Saudi Arabia's border with Yemen April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser
Smoke billows at a military site after it was hit by an air strike at the Faj Attan mountain of Sanaa April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi
Smoke billows at a military site after it was hit by an air strike at the Faj Attan mountain of Sanaa April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi
Saudi soldiers take their position at Saudi Arabia's border with Yemen April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser
Saudi soldiers take their position at Saudi Arabia's border with Yemen April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser
A Saudi soldier takes his position at Saudi Arabia's border with Yemen April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser
Fire is seen at a military site after it was hit by an air strike at the Faj Attan mountain of Sanaa April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi
A Saudi soldier loads ammunition at their position at Saudi Arabia's border with Yemen April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser
Fire is seen at a military site after it was hit by an air strike at the Faj Attan mountain of Sanaa April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi
Fire is seen at a military site after it was hit by an air strike at the Faj Attan mountain of Sanaa April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi
People gather by a departure gate at Sanaa International Airport, where foreigners are being evacuated from Yemen April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
People gather by a departure gate at Sanaa International Airport, where foreigners are being evacuated from Yemen April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
Boys wait for a flight at Sanaa International Airport, where foreigners are being evacuated from Yemen April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
A man and his children ride on the back of a pick-up truck with their luggage as they flee Saudi-led air strikes in Sanaa April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

At least 74 children have been killed since the Yemen conflict intensified almost two weeks ago and more than 100,000 people have left their homes in search of safety, the UN children's agency says.

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Unicef said hospitals are struggling to treat large numbers of wounded people with insufficient supplies. The agency added that at least three health workers have been killed in attacks.

The agency said yesterday that fighting has disrupted the supply of drinking water in some southern areas and sewage is flowing in the streets, raising the risk of disease.

The Yemen conflict pits allies of the country's embattled president against Shiite rebels allied with his ousted predecessor.

Saudi Arabia, which supports the current president, has been leading an air campaign since March 26 against the rebels.

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