World Bulletin / News Desk
More than 600,000 people are expected to contract cholera in Yemen this year, the International Committee of the Red Cross warned Sunday as the war-torn country's healthcare system faces collapse.
More than 370,000 people have fallen ill and 1,800 have died since late April in Yemen's second cholera outbreak in less than a year, according to the ICRC and the World Health Organization.
A war between the Saudi-backed government and Iran-backed Huthi rebels has killed thousands of people and displaced millions.
A string of vital ports along the country's Red Sea coastline are blockaded, leaving millions of people with limited access to food and medicine.
Less than half of the country's medical facilities are currently functional.
The war in Yemen, one of the world's most impoverished countries, has killed more than 8,000 people and wounded a further 44,500 since Saudi Arabia and its allies joined the conflict in 2015.
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