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The UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, Lise Grande, today condemned the continued attacks against health facilities in Taizz, which are threatening services for hundreds of thousands of people, according to a UN spokesperson. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 18 MARCH 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, exterior UN headquarters

18 MARCH 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“And turning to Yemen. the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator, Lise Grande, today condemned the continued attacks against health facilities in Taizz, which are threatening services for hundreds of thousands of people. Preliminary reports indicate that on March 13th, two buildings at the Al-Thawra General Hospital were hit by missiles. According to WHO and health partners, since the beginning of the war in 2015, hospitals and other medical facilities across Yemen have been the target of 142 attacks. Less than 50 percent of health facilities across Yemen are currently functioning at capacity and those that are operational lack specialists, equipment and medicine.”

FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

3. Wide shot, exterior UN headquarters

18 MARCH 2020, NEW YORK CITY

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I think in Yemen, where there are no reported cases of COVID-19, our humanitarian operations are continuing. The crisis management team has been established to address COVID-19, and it’s continuously assessing its best measures. Humanitarian partners are introducing new activities based on the threat of COVID-19. WHO and UNICEF are engaging local communities to increase awareness of the virus and how to prevent it. Mass communications campaigns are ongoing in various forms of media. And I think a lot of our humanitarian colleagues are following the same measures.”

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The UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, Lise Grande, today condemned the continued attacks against health facilities in Taizz, which are threatening services for hundreds of thousands of people, according to a UN spokesperson.

Briefing journalists from his residence for the first time ever as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said preliminary reports indicated that on March 13th, two buildings at the Al-Thawra General Hospital were hit by missiles. He added, “According to WHO and health partners, since the beginning of the war in 2015, hospitals and other medical facilities across Yemen have been the target of 142 attacks. Less than 50 percent of health facilities across Yemen are currently functioning at capacity and those that are operational lack specialists, equipment and medicine.”

Asked about the humanitarian response amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Dujarric said Yemen had “no reported cases of COVID-19” adding that humanitarian operations are continuing. He said a crisis management team has been established to address COVID-19, and it was “continuously assessing its best measures.”

The UN spokesperson said humanitarians were “introducing new activities based on the threat of COVID-19” adding that WHO and UNICEF “are engaging local communities to increase awareness of the virus and how to prevent it.” He said, “Mass communications campaigns are ongoing in various forms of media. And I think a lot of our humanitarian colleagues are following the same measures.”
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