Health Spokesman: Twelve Yemeni patients dead due to Saudi blockade of Sana’a Airport

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The official spokesman for the Ministry of Health in the Sana’a government, Dr. Najeeb al-Qubati, has on Sunday announced the death of 12 patients who were registered to travel for treatment outside Yemen in accordance with the UN armistice agreement.

Dr. al-Qubati confirmed in a press statement that about 30,000 incurable patients urgently need to travel abroad to receive treatment. He pointed out that two flights per week, which was decided in the armistice agreement, are not enough to save the lives of patients.

He also said that the Saudi-led coalition countries’ repudiation of the implementation of the armistice agreement is “a crime that has humanitarian repercussions,” stressing that “the coalition deliberately increases the suffering of the Yemeni people in light of the UN silence.”

The spokesman stated that the health sector is in urgent need of modernising medical equipment and introducing much needed materials and supplies.