Rivals battle for scarce resources as Covid-19 adds to Yemen’s economic squeeze

Yemen’s debilitating economic crisis is being made worse by the growing spread of coronavirus. There have been 732 reported cases of Covid-19 as of mid-June, nearly 500 of which are in the south (Houthis refuse to disclose specific numbers in their territory). Numbers are likely very much higher is a country with a fractured health system. The official coronavirus death toll is 165, but the true figure could well be far higher. United Nations agencies have been evacuating staff. GSN Issue 1,105, 18 June 2020. Read more

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