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Yemeni snipers kill three Saudi troopers in retaliatory attacks

15 January 2018 22:50

 

Yemeni army soldiers, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, have shot dead three Saudi soldiers in the kingdom’s southwestern border region of Jizan, in retaliation for the Riyadh regime’s military campaign against the crisis-hit country.  

Yemeni forces shot and killed the soldiers in al-Ghawi village as well as al-Dokhan and Qaem Zubaid military bases in the region, located 967 kilometers southwest of the capital Riyadh, on Monday afternoon, Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported.

Later in the day, eight civilians lost their lives and five others sustained injuries when Saudi military aircraft struck their vehicle as it was travelling along a road in the Ahem area of Yemen’s northwestern province of Hajjah.

Saudi warplanes also carried out an aerial attack against a residential area in the al-Dhaher district of Yemen’s mountainous northwestern province of Sa’ada.

There were, however, no immediate reports on possible casualties and the extent of damage caused.

Elsewhere in the Haydan district of the same Yemeni province, Saudi fighter jets launched two airstrikes, with no immediate reports of casualties available.

Yemenis inspect the damage at the site of Saudi airstrikes in the northwestern city of Sa’ada on January 6, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

 

At least 13,600 people have been killed since the onset of Saudi Arabia’s military campaign against Yemen in 2015. Much of the Arabian Peninsula country’s infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and factories, has been reduced to rubble due to the war.

The Saudi-led war has also triggered a deadly cholera epidemic across Yemen.

According to the World Health Organization’s latest count, the cholera outbreak has killed 2,167 people since the end of April and is suspected to have infected 841,906.

 A Yemeni nurse weighs a child at a medical centre on the outskirts of the Yemeni capital Sana’a on January 6, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

 

On November 26, the United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF) said that more than 11 million children in Yemen were in acute need of aid, stressing that it was estimated that every 10 minutes a child died of a preventable disease there.

Additionally, the UN has described the current level of hunger in Yemen as “unprecedented,” emphasizing that 17 million people are now food insecure in the country.

It added that 6.8 million, meaning almost one in four people, do not have enough food and rely entirely on external assistance.

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