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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.

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