Waterborne Diseases Rage in Yemen

News Agencies | 2024-06-10 11:20 PM UTC
Waterborne Diseases Rage in Yemen


Twenty out of Yemen's 22 governorates have seen a surge in the number of people with acute watery diarrhea, with 63,000 cases in 2024 as of May 31, Doctors Without Borders has said. Despite the limited testing capacity in the country, more than 2,700 of the cases tested came back positive for cholera.Although acute watery diarrhea has been a recurrent disease in Yemen for years, such a surge in the number of cases poses a risk to the lives of people who already have limited access to health care. In Yemen, 19.7 million people lack access to basic health services. According to reports, only 52 percent of health facilities in Yemen are fully functioning.


Yemen's Houthis damaged two commercial vessels in missile attacks in the Gulf of Aden in the last 24 hours, US Central Command (CENTCOM) said on Sunday. In a statement posted on X, CENTCOM said one missile struck a Liberian-flagged, Swiss-owned and operated container ship. The ship reported damage but has continued underway, the statement said. "Both missiles struck an Antigua and Barbados-flagged, German-owned and operated cargo ship, which reported damage but has continued underway," the statement continued.


Khaled Saleh al-Din Zidane, a senior member of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the son of the group's de facto leader, Saif al-Adel, has died. The news was announced through AQAP's official magazine, al-Malahim, which confirmed his death but did not disclose the circumstances.Khaled, 29, was deeply involved in the group's operations and strategy, working closely with his father. According to the Long War Journal, Khaled was last operating in Yemen, where he was deployed as al-Adel's personal representative. A 2023 United Nations report concluded that Saif al-Adel had been named de facto leader of al-Qaeda but had not been formally proclaimed as its emir due to "political sensitivities" of the Taliban government in acknowledging the killing of Zawahiri in Kabul and the "theological and operational" challenges posed by al-Adel's location in Shia-led Iran.


Dozens of African migrants drowned off the coast of Shabwah province in southeastern Yemen. Local sources said that a boat carrying about 200 African migrants sank in the Al-Ghareef area of Shabwah, resulting in the deaths of dozens of them. The sources added that 35 bodies of African migrants were recovered, indicating that about 100 migrants who were on board the boat survived and reached the shores of Radhom District.