‘Catas­tro­phe’ in Ye­men

Otago Daily Times - - Weekend World -

The hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tion in Ye­men is a ‘‘catas­tro­phe’’ and cholera cases there could reach a mil­lion by year­end, the In­ter­na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said yes­ter­day.

Alexan­dre Faite, head of the ICRC del­e­ga­tion in Ye­men, said the war­ring sides were us­ing dis­pro­por­tion­ate force, caus­ing ‘‘very ex­ces­sive’’ civil­ian ca­su­al­ties. He called on them to al­low Sanaa air­port to open to com­mer­cial flights for aid sup­plies.

Faite said there had been 750,000 sus­pected cases of cholera to date, with 2119 deaths, and there could be up to one mil­lion cases by De­cem­ber. — Reuters

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