Healthcare sector in Yemen in "critical state" due to Saudi fuel blockade, minister says

Healthcare sector in Yemen in "critical state" due to Saudi fuel blockade, minister says

Yemeni Minister of Public Health, Dr. Taha al-Mutawakel, has on Thursday said that the health sector in Yemen has entered a “critical state” due to the Saudi-led coalition’s continued detention of fuel ships.

This came during an expanded meeting held by the Ministry of Public Health with international organisations operating in Yemen to inform them of the seriousness of the situation in the medical sector as a result of the coalition’s detention of oil derivatives vessels.

Dr. Al-Mutawakel called on the international organisations operating in Yemen to put pressure in order to bring in the fuel needs of the medical sector.

“The health sector needs six million liters of diesel per month to operate hospitals, health centers, oxygen factories, and pharmaceutical factories,” he added.

The Minister of Health renewed his call to keep the health sector out of any attacks and to ensure its needs of fuel supplies.

He held the coalition responsible for this crime against humanity represented by the detention of fuel ships and the threatening of the lives of thousands as a result, denouncing the United Nations’ silence on these crimes.

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