ICRC: 165 attacks targeted Yemen’s medical sector since 2015

ICRC: 165 attacks targeted Yemen’s medical sector since 2015

Alsahwa Net- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reported that over 165 attacks targeted medical facilities and health workers in Yemen since early 2015.

Spokeswoman of the ICRC in the Middle East, Sara Al-Zawqri, said in a statement to the Turkish Anadolu News Agency that the war has largely impacted the healthcare access to the Yemenis in various parts of the country.

She said that currently only 51 percent of the health facilities still operational.

She explained that the 165 reported attacks included incidents that targeted health centers, ambulance vehicles and first responders.

The ICRC received reports of 16 attacks against medical centers and ambulance cars in 2018, according to al-Zawqri.

She added that the ICRC reported eight attacks that took place between early 2019 until August of the same year.

The number of infected people with preventable diseases is increasing in Yemen with no access to the healthcare, Al-Zawqri said.

She indicated that preventable infections that are on rise include cholera, meningitis and measles.  

The gas shortage, lack of medical tools and medications and shortage of the health workers forced several medical centers to shut down, she noted.

Furthermore, the fighting in Yemen led to the collapse of the infrastructure and public services including water supply which resulted in the return of the infectious diseases such as the cholera, diphtheria and measles.

Yemen experiences an ongoing war for the fifth successive year between the legitimate government and Houthis rebels who are accused of receiving a military support from Iran.

Saudi Arabia began in March 2015 a military coalition to reinstate the government and end the Houthis’ rule who control the northern parts of the country.

The fighting made millions of the population in an urgent need to humanitarian aides and other millions are on the brink of starvation. The United Nations (UN) says Yemen is one of the worst crises in the world.

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