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>> As Saudi Arabian jets unleash airstrikes against rebel targets in Yemen, Reuters has learned the 16-month-old civil war has cost this struggling country more than $14 billion, creating a humanitarian crisis. A confidential report obtained by Reuters finds the war taking an especially harsh toll on public health in one of the Arab world's poorest countries.
Reuters foreign policy correspondent, Yara Bayoumy.>> In nearly every city, you'll find that hospitals and healthcare facilities have been damaged. And that has caused outbreaks in a lot of diseases. That has meant that a lot of children are at risk of suffering from diseases like the measles. We had seen at some point cases of dengue fever reported as well.
>> The report found schools have also been hit hard with more than 1,600 damaged. Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Gulf allies entered the war with airstrikes more than a year ago on behalf of the Yemeni government against the Houthi rebels allied with Saudi's regional rival Iran. Financial institutions wanting to help, such as the World Bank, are hampered by an internal conflict.
The government accuses its own Central Bank of funding the rebel Houthis and wants the bank to be cut off from aid.>> That poses a very big problem because the Central Bank uses and provides foreign exchange to pay for foods and fuel imports.>> The conflict, which has killed more than 6,500 people shows no signs of nearing an end.