Since January 2015, Yemen has been the scene of a bloody civil war opposing the country’s Sunni elites led by former President Hadi, backed by Riyadh, and Shia Houthi rebels, who are close to Iran. In March 2015, a Saudi-led Arab coalition began attacking the rebels, sparking criticism from the United Nations over heavy casualties, including many children.
Yesterda, again, a Saudi Arabian led coalition air raid killed at least 23 civilians including women and children. The attack took place yesterday near the city of Taez, in the southwest of the country in an area controlled by Houthi rebels who are fighting against the government of President Hadi.
A pro-government military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirms the raid and speaks of an “error” in the target of the strike. The Saudis have remained tight lipped, not wanting to officially comment on the story.
But the people in Yemen are not only facing the war. There is also a cholera emergency in Yemen. The pandemic is spreading throughout the Country.
According to data from the United Nations Children’s Organization, a third of registered cases concern children. Local authorities report 11,000 suspected cases and 250 infected patients. Over the last three weeks, approximately 130 people have died in several provinces of the nation, the same figure recorded in 2016. Between April 27 and May 16, Unicef identified possible suspects of cholera in the provinces of Saná, Dhalea, Ibb, Taiz, Dhamar, Hajjah, Bayda, Amanat, Asima and Hudaydah.
Moreover, about 2.2 million children suffer from malnutrition, 462,000 of them are suffering from a severe form of malnutrition. The population faces a new health crisis. 25% of cases are in the province of Sana’a. Hospitals and medical centers are having difficulty in assisting the large number of patients with cholera symptoms due to the shortage of doctors and nursing staff. The previous epidemic had been recorded this past winter with 27,000 cases and 130 deaths.