News ID: 219182
Published: 0217 GMT August 01, 2018

UN agency warns of another cholera outbreak in Yemen

UN agency warns of another cholera outbreak in Yemen
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The UN Children’s Fund and Food Programme warned of another cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen after the Saudi-led airstrikes hit water facilities and other civilian infrastructure in the port city of Hodeida.

Executive Director of UNICEF Henrietta Holsman Fore said Wednesday that the airstrikes earlier this week damaged a sanitation facility and a station that supplies most of the city's water, AP reported.

She said such attacks "jeopardize efforts to prevent another outbreak of cholera and acute watery diarrhea in Yemen."

The Saudi-led alliance intervened in Yemen in 2015 to restore former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh and undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement.

The war has damaged Yemen's infrastructure, crippled the health system and pushed the country to the brink of famine.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Martin Griffiths on Sunday warned that the Hodeida port in Yemen is just one airstrike away from an epidemic that will be impossible to stop.

Grande said that the incessant airstrikes on the port are putting hundreds of thousands of Yemenis at extreme risk.

The alliance led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates launched an offensive on the heavily defended Red Sea port on June 12 in the largest battle of the three-year war.

Hodeida port is the main port of the impoverished Arab country, where around 8.4 million people are believed to be on the verge of starvation.

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