Yemeni Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf has on Sunday expressed the condolences of the National Salvation Government to the Moroccan people and the family of the young boy Rayan, who died on Saturday after five days of being stuck in a well in Chefchaouen.
“At a time when the Yemeni people interacted with the incident of Rayan, and deeply regretted his death, it reminds the Arab peoples and the peoples of the world of the painful reality of the suffering of millions of Yemeni children,” Saba News Agency quoted Hisham Sharaf as saying. “Those children and their families live under an absolute siege, are exposed to a brutal war and are deprived of the most basic rights of the child in the modern era.”
Sharaf stressed that “the lives of Yemeni children have become meaningless to advocates of childhood rights and the international community as a whole.”
“Yemeni children have been deprived, and are still being deprived, of their most basic rights, and hundreds of thousands of them are suffering greatly as a result of the US-Saudi-Emirati aggression and siege,” he added. “A large number of them are dying in full view of the whole world, due to the deterioration of the capabilities of the national health system and the continued closure of Sana’a Airport.”
Minister Sharaf pointed out that “for seven years, Yemeni children have been risking their lives every day when they go to schools, due to the ongoing direct targeting of schools and buses by the aggression. Hundreds of thousands of them have been deprived of the ability to go to school, due to the living conditions of their families, and the continued scarcity, and even the absence of oil, due to the detention of fuel ships.”
“The ongoing aggression carried out by the governments of Saudi Arabia and the UAE against the Yemeni people is a dangerous transgression that history will not forget. It will be a black page in the history of relations between Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the UAE,” he added.
He reiterated his call for ending the aggression, stopping all military operations in the Yemeni territories, lifting the siege, and opening airports, land routes and sea ports, foremost of which is Sana’a International Airport, for civil and commercial flights.