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A draft version of a new UN Security Council report on the Saudi War in Yemen has been obtained by Foreign Policy, who are reporting that it accuses the Saudi coalition of "grave violations" of human rights, particularly against children in Yemen.

The Saudi-led coalition had been named on the blacklist previous year after the United Nations report blamed it for 60 percent of child deaths and injuries in Yemen in 2015 and half the attacks on schools and hospital.

It said almost three-quarters of air strikes on schools, 38, and hospitals, 52, were carried out by the Saudi-led alliance.

The draft report echoes similar findings from a year ago when the US-backed coalition was put on a United Nations blacklist for violating child rights.

Last year Saudi Arabia was initially included in the list but Ban Ki Moon, then secretary-general, backtracked after it threatened to stop funding. The inclusion of the Saudi-led coalition's aerial bombing campaign on Houthi positions has hindered their progress, stalling the conflict dynamic into a stalemate. In a press release, saudi Arabia has countered that the Coalition to Restore the Legitimacy in Yemen "fully respected" its obligations in terms of global law and humanitarian law. It declined to comment on the findings in the draft report for 2016.

The draft report said the Houthi rebels and affiliated forces were responsible for almost a third of the total 1,340 child casualties verified by the United Nations.

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O'Brien told the Security Council Friday that Yemen people's suffering has relentlessly intensified.

The Saudi-led coalition, which has destroyed several cranes at Hodeidah port in air strikes, has accused the Houthis, the rebels fighting the Saudi-backed government in Yemen, of using the port to smuggle weapons and ammunition.

Saudi Arabia's United Nations mission said in a statement on Wednesday that there was "no justification whatsoever" for including the coalition's name on the blacklist.

"Most of the need is in the north of Yemen, not the south. Fact".

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