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The human cost of Yemen's war

As the war on the streets of Yemen is raging, 5,000 Yemenis remain stuck abroad, while those inside are suffering and on the brink of facing a major humanitarian crisis with no solution in sight.
A boy carries jerrycans to fill with water from a faucet amid an acute shortage of clean drinking water in Sanaa April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi - RTX19IVJ

“I keep talking to my children about the future and about a country where they could live in peace and security, without religious extremism and wars … until the bombing starts all over again. I leave them and go up to the roof of the house as I cannot bear to see the horror in their eyes.” These are the words of Yehya Abu Rijjal, who spoke to Al-Monitor of his days during the Saudi airstrikes on Yemen.

Since Operation Decisive Storm, which was launched March 26, the death toll has reached 944; on April 17 the number of injured stood at 3,487 as a result of the war between the Saudis and Ali Abdullah Saleh’s militias and the Houthis. Every night, Sanaa flares up under the airstrikes and the anti-aircraft placed by the Houthis and Saleh in the middle of residential areas.

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