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Yemeni missile strike, heavy casualities

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Riyadh: Ten Saudi soldiers, 45 UAE soldiers and five Bahrainis died in a Houthi missile strike on Friday, at a military base in the eastern province of Maarib in Yemen.

Image Source: yalibnan.com
Image Source: yalibnan.com

The strike has been the most disastrous since the Saudi-led coalition began in March a campaign of air strikes targeting the Shiite Houthi rebels, Xinhua news agency quoted Al Arabiya TV channel as saying on Saturday.

The strike occurred on Friday when Houthis fired a missile and hit a weapons store at a military camp, killing the soldiers who are part of the Saudi-led coalition.

Spokesperson of the Coalition forces Brigadier Ahmed Asiri conformed Saturday the death of the 10 soldiers, while affirming that some other soldiers were injured and most of them were discharged from hospitals.

He stressed that the incident wouldn’t stop the coalition from continuing to provide assistance to Yemenis to achieve stability.

In response to the attack, the coalition launched a series of airstrikes against the Iranian-backed Houthis across Yemen, the channel said.

The coalition has been launching airstrikes since March 26 to promote the Internationally-recognized Yemeni government through fighting Houthi rebels.

With inputs from IANS

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UN: Cholera Cases in Yemen Increased to 4,60,000

The U.N.'s $4.2 billion humanitarian appeal to help over 20 million Yemenis this year is only 32 percent funded

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FILE - Women are treated for suspected cholera infection at Al-Sabeen hospital, in Sanaa, Yemen, Mar. 30, 2019. VOA

The U.N. says over 460,000 suspected cholera cases have been recorded in war-battered Yemen so far this year — a sharp rise from the 380,000 cases for all of 2018. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq says 705 suspected cholera deaths have been recorded since January — a dramatic increase from the 75 deaths in the same period last year.

Haq says the spread of cholera has been accelerated by recent flash flooding, poor maintenance of waste management systems and lack of access to clean water.

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The U.N. and its partners are operating nearly 1,200 cholera treatment facilities across Yemen, but Haq says “funding remains an urgent issue.” The U.N.’s $4.2 billion humanitarian appeal to help over 20 million Yemenis this year is only 32 percent funded. (VOA)

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