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Fresh Saudi airstrikes claim lives in western Yemen

Saudi warplanes have conducted fresh air raids on western Yemen, causing several casualties as Riyadh continues to defy international calls to end its destructive campaign against its impoverished neighbor.

The strikes killed at least four people in Amran Province and injured two others in Hudaydah Governorate early on Sunday, Yemen’s al-Masirah television network reported.

The Saudi jets also bombarded the northern province Jawf and the west-central province of Sana’a.

On Saturday, 34 people lost their lives in a number of Saudi aerial attacks on Hudaydah.

The Saudi war was launched in March 2015 in support of Yemen’s former Riyadh-friendly government and against the country’s Ansarullah movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of an effective administration.

The offensive has, however, achieved neither of its goals despite the spending of billions of petrodollars and the enlisting of the cooperation of Saudi Arabia’s regional and Western allies.

The Saudi-led campaign, which is accompanied by a land, aerial and naval blockade of Yemen, has so far killed more than 13,600 people and led to a humanitarian crisis.

In a joint statement on Friday, the United Nations agencies, namely the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Food Program (WFP) and the Children’s Fund (UNICEF), expressed concerns about the situation in Yemen.

The statement was released to mark the 1,000th day since the beginning of the Saudi war on Yemen.

“We have passed the grim milestone of 1,000 days of war in Yemen. As violence has escalated in recent days, children and families are yet again being killed in attacks and bombardment,” it read.

Yemen is grappling with the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, with some 75 percent of its population in need of humanitarian assistance, the statement said.

“More than 1,000 days of families driven from their homes by brutal violence. 1,000 days without enough food to eat and safe water to drink. 1,000 days of bombed hospitals and damaged schools. 1,000 days of children recruited to fight. 1,000 days of disease and death … of unimaginable human suffering,” it added.