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The recent vaccine-derived polio outbreaks confirmed in Yemen and Sudan are consequences of increasingly low levels of immunity among children. Each outbreak has paralysed children in areas that have been extremely difficult if not impossible to reach with routine or supplementary polio vaccination for extended periods of time.

These outbreaks do not come as a total surprise. In Sudan, extensive population movement by nomadic communities, people displaced by conflict, frequent...

Houthi forces in April 2020 forcibly expelled thousands of Ethiopian migrants from northern Yemen using Covid-19 as a pretext, killing dozens and forcing them to the Saudi border, Human Rights Watch said today. Saudi border guards then fired on the fleeing migrants, killing dozens more, while hundreds of survivors escaped to a mountainous border area.

Ethiopian migrants told Human Rights Watch that after they spent days stranded without food or water, Saudi officials allowed hundreds...

UN humanitarian affairs chief Mark Lowcock, echoing calls for an immediate ceasefire, added that funding for aid operations in Yemen is “frankly on the verge of collapse” with only 18 per cent of the money required for 2020 having been received so far.

“Without more funding, we should all expect large increases in hunger, malnutrition, cholera, COVID-19 and, above all, death,” he said, just as demand for assistance is set to rise sharply.

The two officials delivered their grim...

U.N. agencies are warning that food shortages will rise sharply in parts of war-torn Yemen in the next six months, mainly because of the overall economic decline and the pandemic that has ripped through the Arab world’s poorest country. They say in a report that the number of people facing high levels of acute food insecurity is expected to increase from 2 million to 3.2 million in the country’s south. Yemen has been the site of the largest food crisis in the world, mostly because of the war...

The United Nations humanitarian chief has warned that Yemen will "fall off the cliff" without massive financial support.

Mark Lowcock told a closed Security Council meeting on Wednesday that many more people will starve to death, succumb to COVID-19, die of cholera and watch their children die because they have not been immunised for killer diseases.

He added that the coronavirus was spreading rapidly across Yemen and about 25 percent of the country's confirmed cases have died...

Around 30 million Yemenis face the risk of coronavirus, malaria, dengue fever, cholera, typhoid and Chikungunya, Yemeni state news agency Saba New reported.
The country has a limited number of medical equipment, Minister of Public Health and Population Nasser Ba-aum said during a virtual meeting with Arab health ministers.

Yemen requires urgent medical support, due to the extraordinary circumstances which lead to the spread of various diseases, Ba-aum added.
“The...

Yemen is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis with 24 million people in need of aid and protection, and the situation is getting worse by the hour. Yemen is at a precipice. All indications point to COVID-19 spreading fast and wide across the country, overwhelming the health system. The United Nations and NGOs need US$2.4 billion to respond through the end of the year, including $180 million for COVID-19 response. But funding is falling dramatically short. Of 41 major UN programmes in...

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that there is a possibility of about 113 thousand people suffering from a cholera epidemic in Yemen.

WHO Yemen Office has announced that the number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen since January has been approximately 113 thousand.

It was noted that 56 of the cases were confirmed by research in the laboratory and 29 people were confirmed to be the exact cause of death.

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) has condemned Saudi Arabia and Saudi-backed forces in war-torn Yemen for carrying out a series of abuses against Yemeni civilians in the furthermost eastern province of al-Mahra.

In a report published on Wednesday, the New York-based group said the abuses included arbitrary arrests, forced disappearances and illegal transfers of detainees from Yemen to Saudi Arabia.

"Saudi forces and their Yemeni allies' serious abuses against local-Mahra residents is...

Hand-washing to combat the spread of coronavirus is the order of the day, but it's an unaffordable luxury for millions in war-ravaged Yemen where clean water is dangerously scarce.

Yemen's broken healthcare system has yet to register any cases of the disease, but if the pandemic does hit, the impact will be unimaginable in a country where five years of conflict has created what the United Nations calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Five years after a Saudi-led military...

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said that around 12 million children in Yemen need urgent humanitarian assistance.

UNICEF Representative in Yemen Sara Beysolow Nyanti, in a written statement on the occasion of World Children's Rights Day, stated that Yemen is one of the worst countries for children in spite of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Nyanti pointed out that the ongoing conflicts brought the social service across the country to the brink of...

Health officials in Aslam, in Yemen's Abs district, warn that more than six million children could be at risk of malnutrition if the war in the Arab world's poorest country continues. 

But this not the only reason behind the high mortality rate among children in Yemen.

There is also the conflict, now in its fifth year.

On Tuesday, at least five civilians, including three children, were killed in an air raid by the Saudi-UAE coalition that targeted a moving vehicle in the...

More than 7,500 civilians, including almost 2,000 children, died in Yemen between March 26, 2015 and September 5, 2019, said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.

"By September 5, 2019, our employees in Yemen confirmed the death of 7,508 civilians, including 1,997 minors," Bachelet said when speaking at the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council, and warned that the number of Dead civilians continues to grow.

Bachelet noted that most of the...

A total of 335 Yemeni children have been killed in Yemen in the past year, Oxfam said Wednesday. 

The international humanitarian group said the "children have been killed by violent attacks including airstrikes, mines and shelling since 9 August 2018," and that almost 600 have been injured during that time.

On Aug. 9, a Saudi-led airstrike targeted a bus carrying children in Yemen’s northwestern Saada province. At least 50 people, including 41 children, were killed and dozens...

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) stated that “every two hours, a mother and six newborns die in Yemen due to complications in pregnancy or childbirth.”

The data was included in a report issued by the organisation, Monday.

UNICEF explained that “the years of war in Yemen have led to worsening the condition of women and their newborns during labour, in a country which is already the poorest in the Middle East and one of the poorest worldwide even before the escalation...