At least seven Saudi-backed militiamen loyal to resigned president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi have been killed when Yemeni army soldiers and fighters from allied Popular Committees launched separate attacks in Yemen’s strategic western coastal province of Hudaydah and Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border region of Jizan.
An unnamed military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that Yemeni forces and their allies fatally shot four Saudi mercenaries in an area west of the al-Durayhimi district in Hudaydah province on Tuesday.
Three other Saudi-sponsored militiamen were killed when Yemeni troops and Popular Committees fighters targeted them in the mountainous Jabal al-Doud area of Jizan.
Also on Tuesday, a civilian lost his life and two women sustained injuries when Saudi mercenaries lobbed a mortar round at a bridge south of the Hays district of Hudaydah.
Separately, four Hadi loyalists were killed and six people, including a woman, injured when a powerful explosion ripped through Enma neighborhood in the southern Yemeni city of Aden.
The Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights announced in a statement on March 25 that the Saudi-led war had left some 600,000 civilians dead and injured since March 2015.
The United Nations says a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in need of food aid, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.
A high-ranking UN aid official has warned against the “catastrophic” living conditions in Yemen, stating that there was a growing risk of famine and cholera there.
“The conflict has escalated since November, driving an estimated 100,000 people from their homes,” John Ging, UN director of aid operations, told the UN Security Council on February 27.