Conjoined Yemeni Twins Die without Getting Any Form of Treatment Abroad

February 11, 2019

Conjoined twin boys born in Yemen, who were in the dire need of treatment overseas breathed their last on 9th February. The health ministry in Houthi-controlled Yemen made a temporary statement.

Doctors who were treating the two-week old Abd al Khaleq and Abd al-Rahim in the capital Sanaa stated that the boys couldn’t be treated properly in the Yemen’s war-torn health system, they were taken abroad.

As the airport in Houthi-controlled Saana has closed down civilian flights since 2015 because the Saudi led coalition maintains their full control over the Yemeni airspace. Only UN planes are allowed to land presently. The main goal of the UN-headed peace discussions is the reopening of the airport. The peace discussions were held in Stockholm last December.

A Saudi organization, the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Works, had been researching on how to get the boys elsewhere for treatment. According to reports, although the tiny boys had two heads but they shared torso.

In a statement carried by the Houthi-run news agency, the health ministry stated that the deaths mirror the humanitarian and health condition of Yemen’s children that they are going through as a result of the war.

Yemen’s roughly four-years of war pitted the Iran-affiliated Houthi rebels against a Saudi-backed group trying to reinstate the government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after it was thrown from power in Sanaa by the Houthis in 2014.

The battle has killed over tens of thousands of people, crumpled the economy and brought millions of people to the verge of famine.

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