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Child dies among 3 others in Saudi raids on Yemen

The aftermath of a Saudi-led airstrike in western Yemen as seen on September 16, 2018 (Photo by AFP)

Saudi Arabian warplanes strike al-Hudaydah and Sa’ada Provinces in western Yemen, killing three people, including a child.

The aircraft targeted two displaced families in al-Hali District in al-Hudaydah, which lies along the country’s west coast, killing a couple and seriously injuring their child, Yemen’s al-Masirah television network reported on Sunday.

Subsequent Saudi aerial bombing of the area prevented arrival of rescue workers to retrieve bodies from the rubble, the network’s correspondent reported.

In Sa’ada, a child was killed after Saudi jets released dozens of missiles against Haydan District.

Saudi Arabia and many of its allies started invading Yemen in March 2015 to restore power to its former Riyadh-friendly officials.

According to Yemen’s Health Ministry, more than 15,000 have died since the onset of the warfare. This is while various reports put the death toll far higher, saying a Saudi-enforced media blackout has prevented proper investigation into the number of the fatalities.

The war has maimed the impoverished country’s infrastructure, including health facilities.

The coalition maintains a closely-monitored blockade against al-Hudaydah’s capital, which takes in 70 percent of Yemen’s imports.

Reports say Saudi warplanes carried out over 80 airstrikes on Hudaydah in only a day. A Yemeni armed forces spokesman said the army thwarted “enemy’s attempts to penetrate the defenses in Hudaydah.”

Since earlier in the week, it has intensified its attacks against the strategic port city. On Tuesday, it was reported that the Saudi-led allies had deployed 10,000 of their forces around the city, with an apparent intention to seize it entirely.

Also on Sunday, the United Nation’s children agency said Yemen had turned into a “living hell” for children.

Geert Cappelaere, regional director for the Middle East and North Africa at UNICEF, said that 30,000 children died of malnutrition each year in Yemen, while a child died every 10 minutes from easily preventable diseases.

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