“Scale down operations in Yemen”

Saudi Arabia has said its military coalition will scale down operations in Yemen as the death toll from an alliance airstrike on a market north of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, this week nearly doubled to 119. A United Nations official said 22 children were among those killed on Tuesday in Hajja province, controlled by Yemen’s Shia Houthi rebels, in the latest in a series of airstrikes that have killed hundreds of civilians since the Yemen war began. The conflict pits Shia rebels and military units loyal to a former president against the internationally recognised government, which is largely confined to the southern city of Aden. The fighting has killed more than 6,200 civilians, displaced millions and pushed the Arab world’s poorest country to the brink of famine”.

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