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Cholera epidemic kills 1,732 in Yemen: WHO

WHO says a total of 313,538 suspected cases of cholera have been registered in Yemen

11.07.2017
Cholera epidemic kills 1,732 in Yemen: WHO file photo

By Zakaria al-Kamali

SANAA

At least 1,732 people have been killed by a cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen since late April, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

A total of 313,538 suspected cases of cholera have been registered in 21 Yemeni provinces, the WHO said on Tuesday.

The northwestern Hajjah province is the hardest-hit by the disease, while the southern province of Socotra remains the only Yemeni province where the cholera epidemic has not spread.

Impoverished Yemen has remained in a state of civil war since 2014, when Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including the capital Sanaa.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched a massive air campaign aimed at reversing Houthi military gains and shoring up Yemen’s embattled government.

According to UN officials, more than 10,000 people have been killed in the war, while more than 11 percent of the country’s population has been displaced as a direct result of the conflict.

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