UN warns of spike in cholera, displacement in Yemen
In this Sept. 27, 2018 file photo, a girl is treated for a suspected cholera infection at a hospital in Hodeida, Yemen. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)
The Associated Press
Published Monday, March 25, 2019 7:21AM EDT
CAIRO - A United Nations humanitarian agency says Yemen has witnessed a sharp spike in the number of suspected cholera cases this year, as well as increased displacement in a northern province.
Monday's report from the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says 100,000 suspected cholera cases were found across Yemen from the beginning of the year until March, and over 190 people have died.
The U.N. also says more than 10,000 families were newly displaced after fighting ravaged northern Hajjah province.
Yemen's grueling civil war pits Houthi rebels - who control northern Yemen - against the Saudi-led coalition backing the internationally-recognized government.
Yemen has witnessed two outbreaks of cholera in past years, with over one million suspected cholera cases and some 3,000 deaths recorded nationwide.