YEMEN: At least three Saudi soldiers have been killed by Yemeni forces in Saudi Arabias southwestern Asir region in an attack that came after a series of airstrikes.
Mohammad al-Amri, a Saudi military spokesman, wrote on his Twitter account that the soldiers had been killed on Wednesday in the town of al-Raboah, which fell into the hands of Yemeni forces earlier this week.
On Tuesday, Yemeni forces killed another Saudi soldier in the southwestern Saudi province of Jizan.
Saudi warplanes bombed several districts of the capital Sanaa overnight, Yemeni sources said on Thursday.
The kingdom launched its military campaign against Yemen in March in a bid to restore power the countrys fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
Some 8,300 people, including 2,236 children, have been killed and over 16,000 others injured since the attacks began. The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the countrys infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned of a staggering food crisis in Yemen, saying famine is looming as more than half the countrys populationsome 14.4 million peopleare food insecure.
The economy shrank by 35 percent in 2015. People who used to have decent standards of living have become Yemens new poor because with no electricity to power their business and no fuel to get anywhere, they have no way to earn money, Mohammed al-Assadi, a UNICEF communication officer, told Reuters on Wednesday.
He also said 2.4 million people have been internally displaced in Yemen.
In these conditions theres no easy access to basic hygiene or healthcare, and now about 320,000 children under five years old are severely malnourished, Assadi said.
Medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said earlier this month that people living near Shiara were too scared to stay in the towns hospital after it was hit by a Saudi missile in January.
Most of residents in the of 40,000 people in the mountainous Razeh district of Yemens Saada Province are living in caves to shelter from the bombs, said Teresa Sancristobal, the MSFs head of emergency desk.
Since the attack, there have been no deliveries in the maternity roompregnant women are giving birth in caves rather than risk coming to the hospital.
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