At a press conference held on June 9, 2016, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon admitted that he removed Saudi Arabia from a list of parties that kill, injure, and abuse the human rights of children in armed conflict because he did not want to lose Saudi funding. In order to mollify his Iranian friends, first on his list of funding worries was the children in "Palestine."
The Secretary-General's report on children and armed conflict, which was released on May 27, 2016, included the Saudi-led coalition in its blacklist of "parties that recruit or use children, kill or maim children, commit rape and other forms of sexual violence against children, or engage in attacks on schools and/or hospitals, or abduct children in situations of armed conflict on the agenda of the Security Council." But after Saudi complaints he removed the Saudi-led coalition from the blacklist on June 6, 2016.
On June 9 he explained that children in "Palestine" would suffer if the Saudis cut funds, putting the "despair" of Palestinian children over the lives of hundreds of Yemeni children butchered by the Saudi-led coalition in schools and hospitals. In the words of the Secretary-General:
"There has been fierce reaction to my decision to temporarily remove the Saudi-led Coalition countries from the report's annex. This was one of the most painful and difficult decisions I have had to make. The report describes horrors no child should have to face. At the same time, I also had to consider the very real prospect that millions of other children would suffer grievously if, as was suggested to me, countries would de-fund many UN programmes. Children already at risk in Palestine, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen and so many other places would fall further into despair."