SANA’A (Dispatches) – Some 100,000 people have been displaced in war-torn Yemen since the beginning of the year due to the Saudi-led war and the coronavirus pandemic, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced.
In its report, the organization said: "16,601 families (99,606 people) have been displaced at least once, since the first of last January, and until 27 June.”
"The displacement of 191 additional families was recorded last week, including 80 families in Lahij governorate (south of Yemen), 65 families in Marib (east), and 46 families in Taiz (southwest).”
The IOM indicated that "the reasons for displacement have multiplied, as 112 families from Aden Governorate (south) left their homes due to the coronavirus outbreak, as well as 54 families from Al-Bayda Governorate (central) and 49 families from Al Hudaydah Governorate (west) fled the fights.”
As of Sunday evening, Yemen has recorded 1,118 cases of coronavirus infections, including 302 deaths.
The war in Yemen has led to the world’s worst humanitarian crises according to the UN, as more than two-thirds of the population are in need of humanitarian aid, amid the total collapse of the healthcare services.
Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating war on Yemen in March 2015 in order to reinstall a Riyadh-backed former regime and crush the Ansarullah movement.
The U.S.-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than 100,000 lives over the past five years.
The Western-backed Saudi military aggression, coupled with a naval blockade, has plunged Yemen into what the UN calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.