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Yemeni drone strikes Saudi mercenaries’ command center in Bayda

Yemeni army forces, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have launched an airstrike against the command and control center of Saudi-backed militiamen loyal to resigned president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in the war-torn country’s central province of al-Bayda.

A Yemeni military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that a remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicle fired missiles at the military site on Wednesday afternoon.

Earlier in the day, Yemeni naval forces and their allies had targeted and destroyed a Saudi military vessel in a missile attack off the coast of the country’s strategic southwestern province of Hudaydah.

An unnamed military source said French-built Dammam frigate was targeted with a guided missile.

The Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights announced in a statement on March 25 that the Saudi-led war had left some 600,000 civilians dead and injured since March 2015.

The United Nations says a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in need of food aid, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.

A high-ranking UN aid official has warned against the “catastrophic” living conditions in Yemen, stating that there was a growing risk of famine and cholera there.

“The conflict has escalated since November, driving an estimated 100,000 people from their homes,” John Ging, UN director of aid operations, told the UN Security Council on February 27.

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