Approximately 16% of all prematurely born babies in Yemen are doomed to die due to the Saudi-led coalition of aggression's unjust war and blockade, which are preventing vital medicines from making it into the country.

Iran PressMiddle East: Sanaa government Health Minister Taha Moutawakel said the coalition's raids have killed and wounded more than 16,000 women and children.

"According to our statistics, 80 newborn babies die every day due to the lack of medical equipment and medicines as a result of the repercussions of the blockade on the Yemeni people," Moutawakel said.

The minister underlined that Yemen needs around 2,000 incubators when it only has around 600. Meanwhile, a key Yemeni hospital said that the Saudi-led coalition and its blockade raised the number of deaths in incubators to 2,227 out of a total of 12,200 babies born since 2016.

United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)'s representative in Yemen said the country had the highest infant mortality rate in the Middle East as Yemen goes into its eighth year of Saudi-led aggression.

"UN statistics in Yemen found that 60 babies out of 1,000 premature births die" in Yemen, the representative said, noting that 52,000 babies die annually, meaning that one child dies every 10 minutes.

He also explained that according to UN statistics, 6 newborn children die in Yemen every two hours, noting that "half of the children who die under the age of 5 are newborns."

The "Intisaf" organization for women's and children's rights in Sanaa reported that some 14,500 women and children have been killed in Yemen since the start of the war on Yemen.

The United Nations constantly warns of the bad situation in Yemen. In its latest report, the organization showed that the number of child victims of the war on Yemen has risen to 11,000.

The Saudi coalition's war on Yemen has reflected on the country's health sector, with international organizations estimating that only half of the health facilities are working, which in turn suffer from a severe shortage of medicine, equipment, and medical staff.

As of December 2021, the war has claimed the lives of 377,000 people and caused cumulative losses to the Yemeni economy estimated at $126 billion. It has also plunged about 80% of Yemenis into various crises, rendering them in need of humanitarian aid.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) affirmed earlier in the month that the majority of the Yemeni people urgently need humanitarian aid, as a result of the conflict that has been going on in the Arab country for 8 years.