Children bearing the brunt of violence in Yemen

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A boy holds a large piece of exploded artillery shell, which landed in the village of Al Mahjar, a suburb of Sana'a, the capital of Yemen. Photo: UNICEF/Mohamed Hamoud

An increase in the number of children killed or injured in the conflict in Yemen has prompted a senior UN official to speak out about the need for a political solution.

Describing the current situation in Yemen as "beyond tragic", the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui says more must be done to protect children in the country.

Veronica Reeves has more.

The number of children hurt or killed in Yemen has increased dramatically in recent months, according to Ms Zerrougui

Since the launch of Saudi-led coalition air strikes in March, more than 400 children have been killed, with another 600 injured.

Those numbers are already triple the number of children killed or injured during the whole of 2014.

Ms Zerrougui said it is more important than ever that the Security Council and international community take steps to promote political dialogue aimed at bringing an end to the hostilities.

The conflict between the government and rebel forces in the country has raged for more than a year, claiming the lives of more than 2,000 civilians.

The UN estimates that more than 80 per cent of the population is in need of humanitarian protection or assistance.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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