UN: Yemen’s health system ‘has in effect collapsed’ as COVID-19 spreads

Yemen authorities have reported 184 cases including 30 deaths. Above, a health worker sprays disinfectant on a motorcycle in Sanaa on May 21, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 22 May 2020

UN: Yemen’s health system ‘has in effect collapsed’ as COVID-19 spreads

  • ‘We hear from many of them that Yemen is really on the brink right now’
  • Yemen authorities have reported 184 cases including 30 deaths

GENEVA: Coronavirus is believed to be spreading throughout Yemen, where the health care system “has in effect collapsed,” the United Nations said on Friday, appealing for urgent funding.
Referring to aid agencies, Jens Laerke, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told a Geneva briefing: “We hear from many of them that Yemen is really on the brink right now. The situation is extremely alarming, they are talking about that the health system has in effect collapsed.”
“They are talking about having to turn people away because they do not have enough (medical) oxygen, they do not have enough personal protective equipment,” he said.
Yemen authorities have reported 184 cases including 30 deaths to the World Health Organization (WHO), its latest figures show. “The actual incidence is almost certainly much higher,” Laerke said.
The United Nations estimates that it will seek $2 billion for Yemen to maintain aid programs through year-end, he added.


Attacker attempts to stab Israeli officer, shot: police

Updated 25 min 24 sec ago

Attacker attempts to stab Israeli officer, shot: police

  • Israeli police said the attacker had been taken to hospital and the area was cordoned off
  • The incident occurred at a police checkpoint between Armon Hanatziv and Jabel Mukaber

JERUSALEM: Israeli police shot and wounded a man who attempted to stab an officer in east Jerusalem on Monday, the police said.
“A terrorist attempted to stab a border police officer after approaching him. The officer responded and the terrorist was shot,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
Rosenfeld said the attacker had been taken to hospital and the area was cordoned off.
The incident occurred at a police checkpoint between the Jewish area of Armon Hanatziv and the predominantly Palestinian neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber in east Jerusalem.
A separate police statement said the man shouted Allahu Akbar before launching the attempted attack.
There was no immediate information about his identity.
Israel sees Jerusalem as its undivided capital while the Palestinians view the eastern part of the disputed city as the capital of their future state.
A string of so-called lone wolf attacks by Palestinians took place in 2015 and 2016, though recent years have been calmer.
Israeli officials say such attacks are difficult to prevent, with attackers typically working alone without significant pre-planning.