July 3 - July 8 : Cholera Death Toll Exceeds 1,500 & Secessionists Hold Large Rally in Aden

July 3

At least 1,560 people have died of cholera in Yemen as the nation continues to battle what the World Health Organization has called “the worst cholera outbreak in the world.”

A Saudi soldier was killed by Houthi rebels on Sunday, July 2nd, in clashes along Saudi Arabia’s southern border with Yemen.

PressTV, an Iranian news agency, is reporting that 15 civilians have been killed in Saudi airstrikes in the Yemeni port city of Mokha.

July 4

Yemen’s Prime Minister, Ahmed Abu Dagher, warned against violence in the run up to a number of pro-secessionist rallies in the southern city of Aden that are scheduled to take place later this week.

A Middle East Eye article, written by Yemeni human rights activist Baraa Shiban, argued that the core grievances of the Yemeni people must be addressed if a lasting peace is to be reached.

July 5

There have now been 276,000 recorded cases of cholera in Yemen in what the World Health Organization is calling “the worst cholera outbreak in the world.”  

July 6

The EU and UN Development Program have provided $27 million for humanitarian aid in Yemen. The money will go towards rebuilding health facilities, investing in solar energy for health facilities, and identifying those in need of aid.

Most children in Yemen do not have access to health care, adequate nutrition, fresh water, sanitation, or education. A further 10 million children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance according to UNICEF.

July 7

Thousands of protesters have held pro-secession rallies in Yemen’s southern city of Aden.

July 8

PBS has published an article warning against accepting widespread disease as collateral damage that cannot be avoided in conflict zones. The piece argued that belligerents in Syria and Yemen have been targeting health facilities and medical personnel with the intent of preventing treatment of the sick and wounded.

The United States has announced that it will be providing $638 million in aid to Yemen, Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan to address food insecurity in those countries.