WHO says diphtheria infected over 1,300 people in Yemen

A Yemeni child receives a diphtheria vaccine at a health center. (AFP)
Updated 17 March 2018
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WHO says diphtheria infected over 1,300 people in Yemen

CAIRO: The World Health Organization says a diphtheria outbreak in war-torn Yemen has spread rapidly nationwide and infected more than 1,300 people.
WHO said in a statement that children and young adults account for almost 80 percent of cases and more than 70 people have died.
Diphtheria, first reported in Yemen in October last year, is a contagious and potentially fatal disease that primarily infects the throat and airways.
WHO said Friday a vaccination campaign targeting 2.7 Yemeni children has been completed in 11 governorates.


Saudi Arabia welcomes agreement between Yemeni government and Houthis

Updated 14 December 2018
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Saudi Arabia welcomes agreement between Yemeni government and Houthis

  • The ministry said that the Kingdom was committed to reaching a political solution that guarantees the security and stability of Yemen
  • The withdrawal of armed forces from the Yemeni port of Hodeidah will happen within days

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday that it welcomed the agreement between Yemen’s internationally recognized government and the Houthi militia. 

The ministry said that the Kingdom was committed to reaching a political solution that guarantees the security and stability of Yemen.

The handing over of the port of Hodeidah to the control of the United Nations will help to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people, the ministry stressed. 

A ceasefire agreement had been reached on Thursday with respect to the city of Hodeidah and its port.

The withdrawal of armed forces from the Yemeni port of Hodeidah, a vital aid route caught up in the fighting, will happen "within days," UN Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths said.