Yemen demands strict international position towards Houthis’ crimes against medical personnel

Yemen demands strict international position towards Houthis’ crimes against medical personnel

Alsahwa Net- The Yemen’s health ministry condemned on Monday Houthis’ constant crimes against the medical personnel.

Minister of Public Health and Population, Nasser Baoum, demanded unified international position towards Houthis’ crimes and harassment against medical personnel and organizations.

During his online remarks to the 67th session of the regional committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the Middle East that was held on Monday, Baoum said that the Houthis mismanagement of the health care has led to the appearance of polio in Sa’ada and Hajja following banning of vaccination teams form doing their tasks as well impeding international assistance to combat the COVID-19.

He affirmed the government’s support to all funding organizations willing to support the Yemen’s medical sector.

He highlighted the government’s measures to control the COVID-19 spread and their effectiveness to reduce its outbreak.

Gov’t official: Exchange of prisoners next Thursday

Alsahwa Net- An official source of the Yemeni government said that the upcoming exchange of prisoners between the government and the Houthis rebels will be implemented on the scheduled date Thursday October 15th.

Yet, he expressed doubts of last-minutes hurdles that the Houthis often create to reverse commitments to signed agreements.

So far, implementation of two signed agreements on the exchange of detainees and prisoners with the Houthis failed in the last stage.

The government signed last month a deal with the Houthis to release 1,081 prisoners and detainees of both sides among them 15 Saudis and four Sudanese.

“Procedures are progressing in line to the schedule. No change even for the planned date, yet we doubt concerns form the last-minute obstacles the Houthis often set up to fail agreements,” said the source who requested anonymity because he is unauthorized to speak to the press in a quote published by the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat daily Newspaper.

About 600 Houthis prisoners will be released in exchange of 400 abductees and detainees held by the Houthis.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will handle the transportation of the listed-detainees and prisoners for release.

This planned release followed one failed agreement signed last February in Amman of Jordan by the government and the Houthis to release 1,420 detainees from both sides.

The two sides exchanged late 2018 lists of over 15,000 prisoners and detainees for release during the signing of the Stockholm agreement in Sweden.

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