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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 25 June 2018

Beyond the Headlines podcast: Bombs over Riyadh, three years into the Yemeni civil war and cholera's likely resurgence

Naser Al Wasmi is joined by Jessica El Zarif, the spokeswoman for the International Committee of the Red Cross in the UAE, and Baraa Shiban, a Yemeni political analyst 

 

Houthi performers dance during a rally to mark the third anniversary of the Saudi-led intervention in the Yemeni conflict in Sanaa, Yemen. Khaled Abdullah / REUTERS
Houthi performers dance during a rally to mark the third anniversary of the Saudi-led intervention in the Yemeni conflict in Sanaa, Yemen. Khaled Abdullah / REUTERS

This week, Saudi Arabia witnessed the most aggressive attack on its soil since the intervention in the Yemen civil war three years ago.

The Houthis launched seven missiles at Riyadh. Saudi Arabia's ministry of interior claimed to have intercepted all of them, but debris from one fell on a man’s house, killing a man and injuring two others. This comes as all parties were engaged, indirectly, in talks that were believed to be considering a political settlement. The war has claimed thousands of lives, and displaced millions.

In this week's Beyond the Headlines podcast, host Naser Al Wasmi is joined by analyst Baraa Shibanto to explain the political fallout that might result as a result of the attacks.

We also look at the humanitarian crisis in the country, as more than a million cases of cholera have been reported. As the rainy season in the Arab world’s poorest country approaches, the World Health Organisation is warning that an epidemic that has killed 2,000 people could flare up again.

Jessica El Zarif, from the International Committee of the Red Cross, tells us what can be done to prevent the disease from spreading.

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Beyond the Headlines, produced by Kevin Jeffers, is The National's weekly podcast for analysis and insight from the Middle East. Follow, subscribe and rate us at Apple Podcasts, Audioboom, Pocket Cast or your favourite podcasting app

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