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Hundred cases of Cholera face death in Yemen

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The suffering and pain in the hospitals and voluntary camps, in Al-Dhalae and Al-Baidha provinces, are filled with patients due to the cholera epidemic. It has been difficult for health facilities to face in the absence of the role of health and humanitarian organizations. The Saudi-led coalition, backed by the US, and its continuous siege over the past years has left a heavy burden on the health system in these governorates. Hospitals lack the most basic medical supplies amid the spread of epidemics and diseases. The number of cases of cholera in one of the camps reached more than 3000 during the last two months.

While patients are suffering from their pain, the medical staff is also suffering from the absence of the essential supplies. The last time health facilities received anything from the WHO was six months.

This is a crime. The coalition and its siege silently and deliberately with international supervision are killing the Yemeni People for the past 4 years.

The UN office for humanitarian affairs (OCHA) said that 108,889 cases were reported between January 1 and March 17, including 190 related deaths.The OCHA said children under five years of age account for nearly a third of the reported cases.

“Fears that the world’s worst cholera outbreak could be set for a massive resurgence are growing,”Oxfam International said.The relief organization ,last month, recorded around 195,000 suspected cases of cholera so far this year.

Cholera is an acute diarrheal infection that is spread through contaminated food or water. It can be effectively treated with the immediate replacement of lost fluids and salts, but without treatment it can be fatal.

In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started  a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and  prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.

Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

However, Saudi Arabia relies heavily on the US in its brutal war on Yemen. Washington has deployed a commando force on the Arab kingdom’s border with Yemen to help destroy arms belonging to Yemen’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement. Washington has also provided logistical support and aerial refueling.

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