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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Riyadh: Ten Saudi soldiers, 45 UAE soldiers and five Bahrainis died in a Houthi missile strike on Friday, at a military base in the eastern province of Maarib in Yemen.

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The strike has been the most disastrous since the Saudi-led coalition began in March a campaign of air strikes targeting the Shiite Houthi rebels, Xinhua news agency quoted Al Arabiya TV channel as saying on Saturday.

The strike occurred on Friday when Houthis fired a missile and hit a weapons store at a military camp, killing the soldiers who are part of the Saudi-led coalition.

Spokesperson of the Coalition forces Brigadier Ahmed Asiri conformed Saturday the death of the 10 soldiers, while affirming that some other soldiers were injured and most of them were discharged from hospitals.

He stressed that the incident wouldn’t stop the coalition from continuing to provide assistance to Yemenis to achieve stability.

In response to the attack, the coalition launched a series of airstrikes against the Iranian-backed Houthis across Yemen, the channel said.

The coalition has been launching airstrikes since March 26 to promote the Internationally-recognized Yemeni government through fighting Houthi rebels.

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The Biggest Casualty In Yemen’s War- Education

Yemen also suffers from a shortage of learning facilities.

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Girls attend a class at their school damaged by a recent Saudi-led air strike, in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, Yemen.VOA

The school year in Yemen is officially underway. But, the U.N. children’s fund reports the country’s ongoing civil war is keeping millions of children out of the classroom.

More than three years of fighting between the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels is having a devastating impact on children’s health and well-being. The U.N. reports more than 11 million children or 80 percent of the country’s children are dependent upon humanitarian aid.

Another major casualty of the war is children’s education. The U.N. children’s fund says the education sector is on the brink of collapse because of conflict, political divisions and chronic underdevelopment.

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UNICEF: Education a Major Casualty of Yemen’s War.

As a consequence, UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac said around two million children are not going to school this year. Furthermore, he said nearly four million primary school children soon may not be able to get an education because of a severe shortage of teachers.

“About 67 percent of public school teachers — and this is across the country — have not been paid for nearly two years. Many have looked for other work to survive or are only teaching a few subjects. So, obviously, the quality of education is at stake. Children are not getting their full lessons due to the absence of their teachers. Even when schools are functioning, the schools’ days and years are shortened.”

Yemen also suffers from a shortage of learning facilities. UNICEF reports more than 2,500 schools have been damaged or destroyed by the war. Many schools also are being used as shelters for displaced people and some have been taken over by armed groups.

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FILE – A supporter carries posters depicting Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi during a rally in Sana’a, Yemen, March 6, 2015.
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The agency warns children who are out of school run many dangers. It notes boys are at risk of being used as child soldiers. It estimates more than 2,600 children have been recruited by all armed groups.

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UNICEF says girls are likely to be married off at an early age. A 2016 survey finds close to three quarters of women in Yemen have been married before the age of 18, and 44.5 percent before the age of 15. (VOA)

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