Yemeni gynecology conference laments death of tens of thousands of mothers and newborns because of Saudi-led siege

Yemeni gynecology conference laments death of tens of thousands of mothers and newborns because of Saudi-led siege

The Al-Sabeen Hospital for Maternity and Childhood in Sana’a has organised on Wednesday a second scientific conference on obstetrics and gynecology.

During the conference, Dr. Taha al-Mutawakkil, Health Minister of the Republic of Yemen, explained that 8,000 Yemeni women die annually due to complications related to pregnancy and childbirth, as a result of the effects of the blockade. Additionally, between 80,000 and 100,000 newborns die annually because of the siege as well.

The minister pointed out that more than 70% of obstetric medicines are not available in Yemen, and the coalition is preventing their entry at a time when organisations are threatening to withdraw medicinal support.

“We are observing a rise in deformities and birth defects among children, as a result of the intensive bombing by the US-Saudi aggression on Yemen, including the use of internationally prohibited weapons” the Minister of Health said.

“About 2,000 women were killed during the US-Saudi aggression, and there are 6,000 women among the injured,” the minister said, stressing that the number of deaths among Yemeni women and children as a result of the effects of the siege is many times more than those killed by the war directly.

He also explained that the US-Saudi aggression is committing “the largest historical war crimes against women and children in Yemen,” stressing that “reducing the suffering of mothers and children requires an end to the aggression and siege.”

He stressed that, “between the crime of Bani Hawat, the first crimes of the US-Saudi aggression and the crime of woman of Hays, there are thousands of crimes committed by the coalition of aggression in Yemen.”

Join the discussion