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Yemen: More Than 859 People Die from Cholera as U.S.-Backed War Continues

HeadlineJun 12, 2017

In Yemen, a civilian is dying nearly every hour from a massive cholera outbreak, as the ongoing U.S.-backed, Saudi-led bombing campaign and naval blockade has devastated the country’s health, sanitation and water systems. The World Health Organization says cholera has now killed at least 859 people. More than 100,000 people are infected. This is the Health Ministry spokesperson Abdelhakim al-Kahlani.

Abdelhakim al-Kahlani: “The ministry had to announce the state of emergency. The ministry announced that it is powerless in facing this epidemic on its own and that we need international support and international organizations to aid in combatting this epidemic.”

Last month, President Donald Trump signed a series of arms deals with Saudi Arabia totaling a record $110 billion during his visit to Riyadh. United Nations monitors have warned Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen could constitute crimes against humanity. Over 10,000 people have died since the Saudi-led bombing campaign began in 2015. We’ll go to Yemen for more on the cholera epidemic after headlines.

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