Top Military Commander Killed In Western Coast

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A senior commander loyal to the Saudi-led coalition was killed on Thursday in clashes with the Yemeni army in Hodeida, a military official told Yemen Press Agency.

Col. Saleh Ahmed Saad Alraeni loyal to Tarq Afash was killed in confrontations with the army in Kilo 16 area of the western coast, the official said.

Hodeida province is witnessing fierce fighting between Yemen’s army and Saudi-backed militants who are try to occupy the strategic port.

Saudi Arabia has been incessantly pounding Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to crush the popular Houthi movement and reinstate former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of the Riyadh regime.

One of the principle targets of the Saudi strikes is Hudaydah port, where the World Food Programme is finding it hard or impossible to access desperately-needed wheat stocks. Yemen is heavily dependent on food imports and the deadly ground and aerial attacks by the Riyadh regime and its allies are directly adding to the risk of starvation on a massive scale.

According to a new report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, the Saudi-led war has so far claimed the lives of around 56,000 Yemenis. 

Source: News Agencies, Edited by Website Team