Saudi Arabia has increased its air force pilots' salary by up to 60 percent shortly after its bombing campaign against Yemen enters its third year.
According to the Saudi Press Agency on Monday, the kingdom’s cabinet amended regulations pertaining to a 35-percent increase in basic salaries of all air force pilots and weapons operators. It added that officers who fly fighter jets or operate their weapons systems will be receiving a 60-percent pay increase.
No explanation was given for the move by the Saudi cabinet, which has over the last few months been implementing austerity measures.
Riyadh is currently dealing with economic struggles brought on by a budget deficit of nearly $100 billion caused by a sharp slump in oil prices as well as Riyadh’s rising army expenditure, a large amount of which is being funneled into its military campaign against Yemen.
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