A soldier stands by an anti-aircraft machine gun loaded on a military truck in Yemen's northwestern city of Saada March 31, 2015. REUTERS/Naiyf Rahma
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Despite a record budget deficit caused by low oil prices, Saudi Arabia can easily afford its military intervention in Yemen and cost is unlikely to limit the duration or scale of its operations, military analysts believe.The current and likely costs of the Yemen intervention, which may eventually run into hundreds of millions of dollars a month, are too small to add a significant extra burden to a budget that allocated $81 billion for defense and security last year.French officials have estimated that cost about $3 million per day, or $90 million a month. The figure implies that in addition to the cost of air operations, Riyadh might spend over $500 million on a small ground incursion lasting six months.
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