Local sources, requesting not to be named, told Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that nine people were killed and 11 others were injured when Saudi warplanes targeted a group of civilians who had converged near Afrah Bridge in the al-Qaflah district of the province on Wednesday evening.
Separately, Yemeni army soldiers and allied fighters from Popular Committees have fatally shot three Saudi troopers in the kingdom’s southwestern border region of Jizan in retaliation to the Saudi aggression against their impoverished and crisis-hit country.
A Yemeni military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Yemeni forces targeted the Saudi soldiers in the al-Khazan hilly region on the outskirts of Quwa village as well as Hamezah village of the region, located 967 kilometers southwest of the capital Riyadh.
Yemeni military units also launched a barrage of artillery rounds at the gatherings of Saudi soldiers in Raqabah al-Hanjar area and al-Alab border crossing in Asir region of Saudi Arabia.
At least 13,600 people have been killed since the onset of Saudi Arabia’s military campaign against Yemen in 2015. Much of the country's infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and factories, has been reduced to rubble due to the war.
The Saudi-led war has also triggered a deadly cholera epidemic across Yemen.
According to the World Health Organization’s latest tally, the cholera outbreak has killed 2,167 people since the end of April 2017 and is suspected to have infected 841,906.
In November 2017, the United Nations children’s agency, UNICEF, said more than 11 million children in Yemen were in acute need of aid, stressing that it was estimated that every 10 minutes a child died of a preventable disease there.
Additionally, the UN has described the current level of hunger in Yemen as “unprecedented,” emphasizing that 17 million people were food insecure in the country.
The world body says that 6.8 million, meaning almost one in four people, do not have enough food and rely entirely on external assistance.