In countries like Syria and Yemen, which have been involved in a civil war for years, the coronavirus is just “another chapter” of its particular disaster, and although the pandemic is not currently as severe as in other parts of the world, the socio-economic consequences could be next wave of instability “in the Middle East, warns the director for the region of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Fabrizio Carboni.
“This epidemic is not the beginning of a disaster, but another chapter in a book,” Carboni summarized in an interview with Europa Press, stressing that the conflict left around 500,000 dead and 6 million displaced in Syria alone, while in Yemen The war has caused the greatest humanitarian crisis today. 80 percent of the population need help.
The coronavirus is “just another layer of misery and disaster” for the populations of these countries, where the strategy to fight Covid-19 is not valid in other parts of the world given the “population density and if they do not show up” and are continuing to work Looking for food “they have no way of surviving.
At the moment, the pandemic is “not yet very badly affected in these countries”, although the head of the ICRC recognizes the limited capacity to carry out tests. So far, fifty cases have been confirmed in Syria and five deaths in the government-controlled parts, and at least six cases and one death in the northeastern regions have been confirmed by the Syrian-Kurdish authorities. There are no exact numbers of cases in Yemen, but it is known that infections have occurred in both government-controlled and Houthi-controlled areas.