Saudi soldiers get Yemen war bonus from king

saudi Armynews2s2f1Saudi soldiers on the front lines of the war in Yemen are getting a month’s extra salary from King Salman, official media said as combat claimed another trooper’s life.
The bonus comes after an escalation of the 17-month-old war following the suspension of peace talks between Yemeni rebels and the internationally recognised government.
King Salman “has ordered paying a month’s salary to active participants at the front lines” of the Yemen operation, which began in March last year, the Saudi Press Agency reported late Sunday.
“The order covers employees of the ministries of interior, defence, and the National Guard,” it said, without giving the total cost of the bonus.
It comes as the kingdom battles a projected $87 billion deficit in 2016 after oil revenues collapsed by more than half over the past two years.