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HUMANITARIAN SITUATION – February 2021

Service Sectors:

  1. For more than six years, the Yemeni people have been killed and all their public and private properties have been destroyed, as the countries of the war coalition on Yemen continue carrying out their military operations and imposing the blockade, while the international community is silent. The most prominent of their malicious methods is the imposed arbitrary restrictions and the detention of the ships loaded with food, medicine and oil derivatives.
  2. The health situation in Yemen is deteriorating as a result of the ongoing war and blockade on Yemen by the countries of war coalition led by the US, KSA and UAE. This has resulted in the following:
  • More than 50% of the health facilities and centers have been destroyed including more than 523 hospitals and medical centers.
  • More than 8,000 Yemeni women die every year due to the blockade.
  • Medical services have declined to a low level.
  • More than 3 million children suffer from malnutrition, including 400,000 children with severe malnutrition. This is an unprecedented suffering in the modern era, while the international community silently hears, sees, conspires and takes sides with the aggressor.
  • Yemeni airports and ports have been besieged, and travelling for life-saving medical treatment has been banned, causing the greatest human tragedy in the world.
  • There is a lack of medicine, poor health infrastructure, and a lack of medical staff, in addition to the ongoing war and blockade. All these have left negative impacts on the lives of Yemeni patients.
  • The health sector in Yemen faces great challenges due to the acts of maritime piracy by the countries of the war coalition against Yemen and their continued detention of oil derivative ships. As the fuel crisis continues, hospitals are threatened with closure at any moment, not to mention the temporary suspension of some departments and oxygen plants.
  • The health sector is considered the most affected sector by the oil derivatives crisis, as power cuts can kill preterm babies in nurseries, patients in IC units and others. Besides, patients who live in the countryside cannot reach hospitals easily. The high cost of transportation exacerbates the suffering of patients and as cannot afford to pay the costs of getting to hospitals.
  • Hospitals, health centers and facilities rely entirely on oil derivatives to supply them with energy to operate medical, diagnostic and therapeutic equipment, ambulances and emergency vehicles, and transporting doctors, paramedics and health workers. What adds insult to injury is the decision of the World Health Organization to stop subsidizing oil derivatives to health facilities, which has increased the suffering of patients and the health sector.
  1. The continued detention of fuel ships threatens the service sectors to stop working, including telecommunication and internet services that are subject to partial suspension due to the lack of diesel, as the operation of switchboards and correspondence stations depends on oil derivatives by 90%.
  2. The ships detained by the countries of the War Coalition on Yemen have completed all the procedures of examination and scrutiny through the United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism in Djibouti (UNVIM) and obtained UN permits to dock at the port of Hodeidah. However, the countries of the war coalition deliberately keep on detaining and preventing them from entering the port of Hodeidah.

The FSO SAFER Tanker:

  1. The Supervisory Committee for the Implementation of the Urgent Maintenance Agreement and the Comprehensive Assessment of the FSO Safer Oil Tanker, affiliated to the National Salvation Government in Sana’a, expressed its extreme dissatisfaction with the statements made by United Nations officials regarding the additional requirements related to the maintenance of the FSO Safer Oil Tanker. According to the committee, these statements are “intended to cover up the fact that the UN has delayed the Implementation of the Urgent Maintenance Agreement and Comprehensive Assessment of the Tanker, and to exert pressure to pass its violations of the Agreement.”
  2. The National Committee has renewed its full commitment to the implementation of the Agreement, showing its deep concern for the safety of the marine environment in the Red Sea, and calling on the UN to show seriousness in implementing the Agreement and to stop making misleading accusations and statements.

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