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Yemeni snipers kill four Saudi troopers in retaliatory attacks

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This file photo shows a Yemeni Houthi Ansarullah fighter aiming at a position of Saudi troops in southwestern Saudi Arabia. (Photo by the media bureau of Yemen’s Joint Operations Command Center)

Yemeni army soldiers, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, have shot dead four 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.   

A military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that Yemeni forces shot and killed four Saudi troopers in Quwa and Hamezah villages of the region, located 967 kilometers southwest of the capital Riyadh, on Thursday afternoon.

Earlier in the day, Yemeni army soldiers and fighters from the popular committees fired a short-range ballistic missile at a Saudi air defense camp in Najran, causing substantial damage at the site.

Separately, a civilian lost his life and another sustained injuries when Saudi military aircraft carried out two airstrikes against a highway in the As Safra district of Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada.

Two people were also injured when Saudi warplanes launched two aerial attacks against a truck belonging to Sama al-Yemen Development Foundation in the Bart al-Anan district of Yemen’s northern province of al-Jawf.

A man inspects damage at the site of Saudi airstrikes in the city of Sa’ada, Yemen, on January 6, 2018. (Photo by Reuters)

Moreover, Yemeni snipers fatally shot two Saudi-sponsored militiamen loyal to former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in the Osaifrah district of Yemen's southwestern province of Ta'izz.

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 nurse checks a premature baby in an incubator at the child care unit of a hospital in Sana’a, Yemen, on January 16, 2018. (Photo by Reuters)

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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