The Regional Director for the Middle East at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Robert Mardini said the extent of the outbreak of cholera in Yemen was "unacceptable in the 21st century" during a press conference in Sanaa on Thursday.

Commenting on the number of people infected by cholera, he said "more than 400,000 cases of cholera exist in the country and more than 1,800 cholera deaths are considered unacceptable in the 21st century." Mardini added, "such a [high] number of victims of this disease is easily avoided."

SOT, Robert Mardini, Regional Director for the Middle East at the International Committee of the Red Cross (Arabic): "To date, the ICRC has received more than 1,200 questions and requests from the families of missing persons suspected of being detained, from different parties of the country, since the conflict began in 2015. We are ready to support the imprisoned persons and those deprived of freedom because of ongoing hostilities and are ready to work to re-establish family ties."

SOT, Robert Mardini, Regional Director for the Middle East at the International Committee of the Red Cross (Arabic): "More than 400,000 cases of cholera exist in the country and more than 1,800 cholera deaths are considered unacceptable in the 21st century. Such a [high] number of victims of this disease is easily avoided."

SOT, Robert Mardini, Regional Director for the Middle East at the International Committee of the Red Cross (Arabic): "Banjaw today is one of the worst outbreaks of cholera in modern times, with more than half a million casualties and [maybe even] 600,000 [expected] before the end of this year."

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