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A girl cries as she is treated at a cholera treatment center in Sanaa, Yemen, October 29, 2016. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Aden- Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warned of aggravating health conditions in Yemen and revealed that there are hundreds of cholera cases throughout the country.

Communication officer at MSF Malak Shaher told Asharq Al-Awsat that 158 cholera cases were detected in Dhale Governorate since April 24 and 218 cases in Abs District of Hodeidah Governorate, 123 of which were in the past ten days.

She added that the number is hiking and the situation raises concern over the deteriorating health conditions in Yemen.

Medical reports revealed that there have been more than 200 cholera cases in Sana’a hospitals in less than a week.

The majority of Yemenis are suffering from tough humanitarian conditions as health and economic conditions continue to deteriorate due to the ongoing war in various Yemeni regions.

The country has been witnessing a bloody conflict since the militias of Houthi and Saleh took over power in Sana’a in 2014. The conflict has led to a huge deterioration in food insecurity and a quarter of Yemen’s 22 provinces became on the brink of hunger not to mention the deterioration of healthcare and the difficult access of aid to a great number of regions.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) spokesman Ghassan Abou Chaar told AFP “There are fears that the disease could turn into an epidemic. Two years into the war, the healthcare system has collapsed, hospitals are destroyed and government employees’ salaries have not been paid for months.”