Amid COVID-19 Spread, Saudi Deported 800 Somalis to Yemeni Borders

The Sana’a-based  Supreme Council for Management and Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs(SCMCHA)  on Friday said that Saudi Arabia has deported 800 Somalis to Yemen across borders of Jawf province.

The SCMCHA stated in a statement that the deported Somalis are currently quarantined in the city of Al-Hazm, of Jawf province,but their number is large and there are no possibilities to cover the expenses of the quarantine center.

According to the statement ,The UNHCR has been addressed to deport them and carry out their responsibilities toward those deported, but the commissioners unfortunately did not respond. The Council indicated its hope for an international response and a rapid pace of intervention to save this large number of Somalis under international humanitarian laws.

The council asked the UN High Commission for Refugees to repatriate the Somalis deported by Saudi Arabia and shoulder its responsibilities, but the UNHCR “unfortunately has not responded,” it added.

The council called for urgent UN intervention to “save this large number of Somalis according to international human law.”

On Tuesday, the Houthi-run health ministry announced the first COVID-19 case in areas under the Anssarallah government  control, after a Somali national was found dead last Sunday in a Sana’a-based hotel.

“We announce the detection of the first confirmed coronavirus infection in the capital Sana’a,” health minister said at a press conference. The infected “is a Somali migrant.”

“A sample was taken of the dead for laboratory tests, and the results showed that he was infected” with COVID-19, Dr. Taha al-Mutawakil added.