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First COVID-19 Death Reported in Syria as Libya Announces It’ll Free 450 Prisoners to Stem Spread of Coronavirus

HeadlineMar 30, 2020

In the Middle East, the first coronavirus death in Syria was reported Sunday, one week after it announced its first confirmed case.

Saudi officials say they shot down ballistic missiles fired at Riyadh and along its southern border with Yemen, days after warring parties in Yemen agreed to a nationwide ceasefire amid the coronavirus pandemic. An outbreak in Yemen would have catastrophic effects in the war-torn country, which is already home to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis thanks to the U.S.-supported, Saudi-led war, which has decimated the healthcare system.

Meanwhile, as fighting escalates in Libya between the so-called Libyan National Army and the United Nations-backed government, officials say there are now eight confirmed cases. Libya says it is freeing around 450 prisoners as part of the effort to stem the spread of the virus.

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