Yemenis shop at a supermarket in the capital, Sanaa, after the Yemeni currency rose 16 percent against the dollar on January 18, 2018. AFP / Mohammed HUWAIS
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A sharp rise in the currency of war-torn Yemen Thursday following a $2-billion Saudi bailout sparked hope of relief for millions at risk of famine and reliant on imported food.The Yemen conflict has claimed more than 10,000 lives since Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened to help the government fight rebels in 2015, pushing its frail economy to the brink of total collapse.After Saudi Arabia announced a massive cash injection in the central bank, the Yemeni currency rose 16 percent against the dollar Thursday.Yemen's rial stood at 215 to the dollar in early 2015 .
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