A yemeni child, who is suspected of being infected with cholera, cries at a hospital in the capital Sanaa, on August 12, 2017. AFP / Mohammed HUWAIS
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More than half a million people in Yemen have been infected with cholera since the epidemic began four months ago and 1,975 people have died, the World Health Organization said Monday.Each day there are more than 5,000 new cases of the waterborne disease, which causes acute diarrhea and dehydration, in the country where the health system has collapsed after more than two years of war, it said. Yemen's 30,000 critical health workers have not been paid salaries in nearly a year and critical medicines are lacking, the WHO said.Two other people, including a soldier, were killed Monday in separate attacks also in southern Yemen, where the army has launched an offensive against Al-Qaeda.AQAP regularly targets military outposts in southern Yemen. An Al-Qaeda suicide bomber killed five Yemeni soldiers and wounded 20 others in an attack last week on an army position in Loder.
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