A Yemeni child, suspected of being infected with cholera, receives treatment at a hospital in Sanaa on May 15, 2017. / AFP / Mohammed HUWAIS
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Spilling into the hallways of crowded Yemeni hospitals, children writhe in pain from cholera.The escalating outbreak of disease and displacement of tens of thousands by recent fighting has inflamed one of the world's worst humanitarian crises, pushing Yemen's war-pummeled society ever nearer to collapse.Cholera – a diarrheal disease spread by food or water tainted with human feces – has killed 180 people in less than three weeks, according to the Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross.The United Nations now estimates that in Yemen a child under the age of five dies every 10 minutes from preventable causes, 2 million people have fled fighting near their homes, and only half of hospitals have staff and supplies to function normally.An Arab coalition backed by the United States intervened on Hadi's side and has carried out thousands of airstrikes targeting the Houthis, though U.N. officials said last year these had killed more than 2,000 civilians as well.The war has been largely stalemated for 18 months since the coalition retook swaths of the south and east.A battle for control of the central bank has left salaries in Houthi-held lands in and around Sanaa largely unpaid for six months, ruining the lives of hospital and sanitation workers.
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