The coalition closes Yemeni airports ,killing Yemeni patients




United Arab Emirates forces closed Aden International Airport, on Monday, for unknown reasons and canceled the flights of Al-Yemeni Airways to and from the airport.

Al-Yemeni official said that “the UAE forces canceled their flights to Aden, on Monday, without giving any reason.” Two flights were canceled Cairo – Aden and Aden – Jeddah.

Minister of Health, Dr. Taha Al-Mutawakil, stressed that coalition intransigence and refusal to open Sana’a International Airport, in front of the humanitarian flights, increases the suffering of the patients. The Ministry of Health appealed to humanitarian and international organizations to send an urgent medical team to separate craniopagus children Abdulrahman and Abdulrahim Al-Haimi.

Minister of Health, Dr. Taha Al-Mutawakil, said that more than eight thousand patients on the outskirts of death if stopped dialysis sessions. He said that “every person with kidney failure is scheduled for three sessions a week and because of the lack of solutions due to the siege, we can not do so.”

“We are working in the health sector with facing great challenges to prevent the collapse of the health sector, and we call on the organizations to work for relief,” he said.

Ministry of Health and Population spokesman, Dr. Youssef Al-Hadhery, confirmed the death of 27 thousand patients who needed to travel abroad for treatment since the closure of Sana’a International Airport two years ago.

Al-Hadhery said that there are 200 thousand humanitarian cases of patients and wounded in need of treatment abroad, but the coalition prevented them by the closure of Sana’a International Airport.

He pointed out that there are statistics indicating the death of between 25 – 30 people a day as a result of the deterioration of the general health situation under the closure of the Airport.

According to a group of NGOs, including the International Rescue Committee and the Norwegian Refugee Council, over 10,000 people seeking life-saving treatment abroad have died from critical health conditions since the Sana’a airport was closed.

Minister of Public Health and Population Dr. Taha Al-Mutawakel visited the dialysis centers in Al-Thawra, Al-Askari, Al-Shurta, Al-Jumhury and May 22 hospitals in Sana’a.

Dr. Al-Mutawakel reviewed the large-scale humanitarian catastrophe suffered by dialysis patients in these centers due to the lack of solutions and the disruption of many dialysis machines in light of the slow response of international humanitarian organizations operating in Yemen.

In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started  a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and  prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.

Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

However, Saudi Arabia relies heavily on the US in its brutal war on Yemen. Washington has deployed a commando force on the Arab kingdom’s border with Yemen to help destroy arms belonging to Yemen’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement. Washington has also provided logistical support and aerial refueling.

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