Saudi warplanes accidentally hit Hadi-allied forces

Published November 3rd, 2015 - 11:02 GMT

Saudi warplanes have caused dozens of casualties by mistakenly targeting the forces who fight on the side of Yemeni President Abed Rabbuh Mansour Hadi in west-central Yemen.

The offensive, which took place in Ma’rib province on Tuesday, was the second time in the space of a week to that Saudi aircraft targeted the allied forces by mistake, Yemen’s official Saba Net news agency reported.

The previous attacks came on Thursday, when Saudi warplanes carried out airstrikes on Ma’rib’s provincial capital city of the same name, killing an unknown number of forces loyal to Hadi.

Meanwhile, Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said on Monday, citing a report by the world body’s World Food Program, that Yemen’s fragile food security was deteriorating fast, with ten out of the country’s 22 provinces being classified as facing food insecurity at the ‘emergency’ level – one step below famine.

Yemen has one of the highest rates of child malnutrition in the world, the official said, adding that an estimated one in five people was “severely food insecure” and in urgent need of food assistance there.

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