Oct 29, 2018 18:42 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Oct 04, 2019 12:00 Asia/Tehran]
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    Yemeni children

As US and Saudi Arabia aggression closed Yemen's vital port city of Hodeidah, Amnesty International accused them of possible war crimes over interference with deliveries of food, fuel and aid.

Iran pressEurope:  Amnesty International said that the United States and Saudi Arabia has not been able to deliver medical and humanitarian assistance to the people in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, due to Riyadh's ongoing war in the country,al-Masirah reported.

More than 8 million people in Yemen are at risk of starvation and aid groups fear the battle for Hodeidah, which receives most of the aid and commercial supplies shipped into Yemen, could have widespread and fatal consequences.

Doctors in capital Sana'a said in reports that pharmacies across Sana'a were already struggling with a critical shortage of specialist drugs, would be unable to treat cancer, diabetes and renal failure patients if the US-Saudi siege continued.

Becky Abdullah, an official with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Yemen, told Press TV in an email that the ongoing Saudi-led military campaign has made it difficult for humanitarian groups, including NRC, to reach out to displaced people in need. 

"We experience restrictions on our movements and the ongoing violence makes it difficult to provide lifesaving assistance. While trying to assist other Yemenis in need, our staff on the ground are deeply concerned about their own families and friends", Bakr Abdullah said.

"Attacks on civilians are on the rise and the ongoing conflict, economic deterioration and collapse of public services and infrastructure have left over 22 million Yemenis in need of aid and protection", Bakr added. 

In Oct. 24, the United Nations humanitarian chief said the war on Yemen has left as many as 8.4 million people in the Arab world’s already poorest nation in need of urgent food aid.

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Thousands of Yemenis are left with no safe means of transport outside the country as a result of ongoing closure of Sana'a International Airport.

Equally, many civilians are prevented from travelling to seek medical help outside of Yemen due to the blockade, which costs the lives of many. 

Abdullatef Abu-Taleb, the director of the Al-Thawra hospital in Sana'a, said that the dialysis center of the medical center is in dire need of medical supplies.

"We are in dire needs for spare parts for maintenance operations of the dialysis devices", he said.

Yemen’s Health Ministry called on the United Nations and the UN Security Council to do their duty to help lift the blockade and dispatch life-saving medical supplies to Yemeni patients and those wounded in the Saudi-led airstrikes and to transfer all those in need of treatment abroad urgently.

Minister of Public Health Ministry and Population, Taha al Mutwakel, has called for the opening of Sana'a International Airport, which has been closed for about two years, in order for the survivors of the Saudi-led airstrikes to travel abroad for treatment. 

The brutal bombardment of innocent Yemeni children on a Bus, by Saudi warplanes has drawn global condemnations, accusations of war crime, as well as feelings of anger, disgust, and horror among the Yemeni people.

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More than 14,000 people have died since Saudi Arabia led many of its allies into the war on Yemen to reinstall the country’s former Riyadh-allied officials. Yemen’s Health Ministry, however, puts the number at above 15,000.

Saudi Arabia, with the support of the United States, the United Arab Emirates and several other countries, has engaged in military aggression against Yemen and ground sieges, naval and air strikes since March 2015.



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