Press TV – Latest data show more than 150 fishermen have lost their lives and dozens more sustained injuries in the wake of Saudi airstrikes against residential areas and non-military sites across Yemen.
According to a report published by Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network on Thursday, Saudi fighter jets continue to target Yemeni fishermen and their boats at sea, and the air raids have resulted in the death of 160 fishermen and injury of 120 others.
The report added that 20 fishermen have suffered permanent disabilities as they had to have their limbs amputated.
Additionally, the Saudi military aggression against Yemen has led to the destruction of more than 250 fishing boats.
More than 240 Yemeni fishermen are languishing in Saudi prisons and detention facilities as well.
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.