Yemen 🇾🇪 cholera outbreak 😱 could hit one million 👩‍👩‍👧‍👦 by 2018

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The humanitarian situation in Yemen is a "catastrophe", and cholera cases could hit a million by the end of the year, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has warned.

Warring parties in Yemen - including the western-backed Saudi-led coalition - are all using disproportionate force, leading to "very excessive" civilian casualties, Alexandre Faite, the head of the Red Cross delegation in Yemen, said on Friday.

A ship from Karachi with 500 metric tonnes of rice is now due on October 7 in Hodeidah, the first ICRC shipment there since early February.

Although the death rate for cholera victims has dropped to less than 0.3 percent, Faite said Yemen's "health sector is really on its knees in Yemen ... the health staff is on its knees as well because they are not paid."

The UN has warned that fighting in Yemen has pushed the country to the brink of famine, with 80 percent of the country's children desperately in need of aid, posing the "largest humanitarian crisis in the world".

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