At least 165 healthcare institutions attacked since beginning of war on Yemen:ICRC



The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said that 165 cases of attacks on health institutions and medical staff have been recorded in Yemen since the war began in 2015.

Turkish news agency Anatolia quoted spokeswoman for the Red Cross in the Middle East, Sarah Zogari, as saying: “The war has greatly affected the possibility of providing [aid to] Yemenis in various regions.”

“Since the start of the war in Yemen in 2015, 165 health centers, ambulances and paramedics have been damaged or attacked (…) Only 51 percent of health facilities in Yemen are still functioning.”

She confirmed that “The lack of medical derivatives, sanitary ware, medicines and a shortage of medical staff has forced many health centers to close.”, she said.

Zogari pointed out that the number of people infected with preventable diseases such as cholera, meningitis and measles has increased in Yemen, stressing the inability of the health system to cope with the increasing incidence of these diseases.

The spokesperson explained: “The conflict in Yemen has led to the deterioration of infrastructure and water systems, which has led to the resurgence of infectious diseases such as cholera, diphtheria and measles.”

More than 11.000 civilians have been killed and tens of thousands of others injured in the war. Millions have been displaced and tens of thousands have fled outside the country.

The Saudi-led invading coalition has been responsible for the vast majority of civilian casualties, according to the UN and international human rights organisations.

The conflict has caused what the United Nations calls the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis.”

More than 24 million people, more than 80% of the country’s population, are in need some form of humanitarian or protection assistance, including 8.4 million people who don’t know where their next meal will come from, according to the UN.

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.

More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.

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