Once and again the Houthi militia seized a new shipment of medicines, belonging to the organization “Doctors Without Borders” at Sanaa International Airport.
The Houthi militia is holding a new shipment of medicines that arrived via the United Nations airways more than a week agoat Sanaa International Airport.
The Houthi militia asked the organization to return some types of medicines, claiming that the health situation in Yemen does not need them, while the market lacks these drugs for the treatment of some chronic diseases.
The militia is putting great pressure on UN and international organizations working in the health field to give priority to the medical needs of the wounded fighters, threatening to obstruct the work of those organizations in areas under their control.
The militia Houthi had prevented, on Monday, the entry of the representative of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Yemen, Ahmed al-Obeid, to the country, and ordered his plane to take off shortly after landing in (Sanaa).
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The UAE Red Crescent Authority, handed over
the local authority of the Mukha district of Taiz governorate, on
Wednesday two ambulances and new
quantities of medicines to Al Mukha General Hospital, as part of the emergency
response and the continued support by the UAE to the health sector in the West
Coast and all Yemeni directorates and governorates freed from the grip of
In the past few weeks, the UAE has increased
its support for the health sector in all the liberated areas and districts of
the West Coast.
A new shipment of medicines and integrated
laboratory solutions has been delivered to enable the hospital to fight
epidemics and provide free services to citizens.
Mr. Sultan Mahmoud, Director General of Mocha
Directorate expressed his happiness and thanks for the leading role played by
the UAE through its humanitarian arm (Red Crescent Authority) to support and
revive the health sector in the Directorate in order to alleviate the suffering
Houthi militias have declared war on
MSF and prevented the entry of a shipment of medical aid belonging to a Dutch organization through Sanaa airport and
directed to close its drug stores despite UN warnings of blocking the entry of
relief aid to millions of needy people in Yemen.
Humanitarian sources confirmed that
the Houthi militias prevented, on Thursday, a plane carrying a medical aid ship
belonging to MSF from unloading its cargo at Sana’a airport, claiming that the
shipment contains semi-expired drugs.
Houthi militias are stealing humanitarian
aid arriving in the country and distributed to the areas under the movement and
the militants and the black market.
Concurrently, the Minister of Health
of the militia government, Taha al-Mutawakil, issued directives to close WHO
medical stores in Sana’a and confiscate their contents and refer staff to the
prosecution under militia control.
The sources added that these
violations against Doctors Without Borders by the Houthis are a prelude to stop
them from carrying out their activities permanently in their areas of control.
In the summer of 2017, Houthi
militias prevented a UN-chartered plane carrying half a million doses of
cholera vaccine from entering Sana’a airport. Cholera killed about 3,000
Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Muller accused the
Houthis, in mid-August, of continuing their interventions in the work of
organizations operating in areas under their control and imposing enormous
restrictions on them.
In a statement earlier this month,
the Security Council called for the safe and unimpeded access of humanitarian
workers and flows of humanitarian supplies in Yemen to prevent the diversion of
A UAE cargo ship has arrived in the port of Aden
yesterday with medicines and aid for the Yemeni people provided by Khalifa Bin
Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation for Humanitarian Work.
The consignment of medicines was
presented to the National Drug Supply Center of the Yemeni Ministry of Health,
and will be distributed to hospitals in the liberated governorates as needed.
This support is a continuation of
the humanitarian work carried out by the UAE in Yemen through all humanitarian
organizations. The Foundation provided a shipment of medicines earlier this
year, distributed to the West Coast areas in Yemen.
The UAE also continues to support
the health sector on the west coast of Yemen to cope with the cholera epidemic,
which re-emerges with the rainy season.
During July and August, the UAE Red
Crescent carried out intensive campaigns in various West Coast directorates in
Taiz and Hodeidah governorates through medical teams and mobile clinics.
Government hospitals, units and
health centers were provided with the necessary drugs and intravenous
solutions. The support included providing hospitals with successive batches of
medicines, especially in the districts of al-Waziya and al-Mukha in Taiz, Hays
and Tahita governorates in Hodeidah.
The UAE Red Crescent has operated
mobile clinics to the remote coastal towns of Al-Matina, Al-Ghuwairiq,
Al-Suwaq, and Al-Thukair, southwest of Al-Tahita, and managed to save 280
families. UAE red Crescent medical teams carried out intensive 20-day campaigns
in Muzayz district and 16 days in Al-Waziya district, where they achieved great
success in fighting the epidemic.
The representative of the UAE Red
Crescent in the West Coast, said that the medical teams of the red Crescent
closely monitor the health situation in all the liberated directorates, and
will not hesitate to provide all necessary health services. The competent
authorities appreciated the great role and generous support of the UAE in
alleviating the suffering of Yemeni citizens and saving their lives.
The United Arab Emirates, through the UAE Red Crescent Authority,
provided on Thursday (August 22nd) a new batch of medicines to Hays General
Hospital on the West Coast, in response to the health sector call to help cope
with the epidemics of cholera and malaria.
The representative of the UAE Red Crescent in the West Coast said that
the Authority has received a distress call from the health office in the
Directorate of Hays of Hodeidah governorate to provide treatment assistance to
combat cases of cholera and acute watery diarrhea, which increased during the
past days with the rainy season.
his part, the Director General of Hays Directorate, Mr. Mutahar Al-Qadi,
praised the continuous support provided by the United Arab Emirates to the
health sector and various sectors in the Directorate of Hays and all the
directorates and liberated areas in the west coast of Yemen.
“ this rapid response embodies the generous humanitarian support of the UAE,
which was the first of its kind through the humanitarian arm of the UAE Red
Crescent to serve the people of Hays Directorate since the first days of its
liberation and purification from Iranian-backed Houthi militias. ”
part, the Director of the Health Bureau in the Directorate of Hays Dr. Mohammed
TalebHamna thanked the UAE for its generous and continuous support to the
health sector in the Directorate.
“The UAE Red
Crescent Authority is continuously providing medicines and medical supplies to
Hais General Hospital to
enable us to
provide medical services to the people and face epidemics,” he added.
from Hays expressed their thanks to the UAE and its humanitarian arm for the
generous support stemming from its keenness to normalize life in the
On-site NGOs report more than 2,000 new cases of cholera every day in Yemen. A quarter of those affected are children under five.
Since 2016, war-ravaged Yemen has been facing a terrible cholera epidemic. And since the beginning of 2019, the health situation of the country has further worsened.
Yemen is facing a large-scale resurgence of cholera, with more than 137,000 suspected cases and nearly 300 deaths in the first three months of the year.
The cholera epidemic has worsened even more recently, with more than 2,000 new suspected cases every day, “twice as much as at the beginning of the year” . one of the main concerns of the NGOs on the ground is a quarter of those affected are children under five.
The proliferation of this water-borne disease has been
compounded by the destruction of the Yemeni health system in a country where 17.8 million people lack access to clean water and sanitation. “
The figures are close to Yemen’s cholera epidemic in 2017 with one million cases reported, compared with 371,000 last year.
The fighting in the country does not end and millions of people suffer from lack of food and medical care,Yemen is on the verge of starvation.