The Closure of Sana’a Airport
The airport closure, since August 2017, has had a catastrophic impact on the Yemeni people in general and on the health situation in particular. As a result, more than 42,000 patients died, because they were unable to travel abroad for life-saving treatment. In fact, the health situation in Yemen has been greatly affected by the war, as the majority of patients are unable to receive treatment inside the country. Statistics estimate that there are more than 350,000 patients who need to travel abroad to receive treatment for several diseases, the most important of which are cancerous tumors, renal failure, heart diseases, thalassemia, congenital anomalies, plastic surgeries after burns, injuries, etc. In addition, there are wounded children, women and men who were injured by the air strikes of the US-Saudi-led War Coalition countries within 53 months.
The closure of Sana’a airport has resulted in the disappearance of a large number of important life-saving medicines (352 brand names), either from the Ministry’s stores or the commercial market. Such medicines need very special conditions for transportation, including cooling and speed delivery, which can only be done through Sana’a airport, including blood derivatives medicines, hormonal medicines, immunomodulatory drugs, serums, blood coagulants, anticoagulants, resuscitation and anesthesia medicines and some laboratory and diagnostic solutions.
The continuation of the airport’s closure for three years is completely unjustified. The airport is fully prepared to receive all civil aircraft, as the UN, its organizations and other international organizations witness this.
International organizations such as NRC (Norwegian Refugee Council) and CARE International have issued a strong statement about the closure of Sana’a airport, describing the situation as “a death sentence for thousands of Yemeni patients.”
The Issue of Prisoners
The issue of prisoners is still pending. Likewise, Amman Prisoner Exchange Agreement has not been implemented due to the failure of the countries of War Coalition against Yemen to implement the Agreement.
The prisoners’ profile is primarily a humanitarian issue, as there are a number of prisoners and abducted persons who are subjected to torture and systematic killing in the prisons of Marib and elsewhere. The last victim was the captive Abdullah Al-Juridi, who was tortured and murdered in full view of the United Nations and its bodies.
The Tragedy of Al-Durayhimi Goes on
Al-Durayhimi tragedy has exposed the falsehood of the UN and its organizations’ neutrality and put their humanitarian stand under question. Rather, it confirmed that the UN and its organizations have turned a blind eye to the siege of Al-Durayhimi District in Al-Hodeidah Governorate since August 2018 by the KSA-UAE-led War Coalition against Yemen with direct American and Western support. The UN was unable to deliver the necessary food-and-medicine aids, which were burned and bombed on the way. It did not even show any stand to condemn such a terrorist act.
Al-Duraihimi’s tragedy continues amidst the silence of the UN and its organizations, which amounts to the participation of the countries of War Coalition against Yemen in killing the Yemenis and massacring them collectively through all means of bombardment and siege.
Safer Floating Oil Storage & Offloading Vessel (FSO Safer)
Sana’a government has notified the UN of its approval of the evaluation and maintenance for the tanker. It has also called for a specialized team earlier and renewed this request through official letters later.
FSO Safer was one of the most important economic resources for Yemen before the aggression. Now, it has become a threat to the region after 5 years of aggression and siege. The UN and the so-called Legitimate Government bear full responsibility for not responding to the calls of the National Salvation Government to speed up the maintenance of the floating Safer oil tanker. We are also surprised at the UN attitude, which holds the National Salvation Government fully responsible, despite the correspondence made by the government to the United Nations and the Secretary-General’s envoy.
Oil derivatives crisis and its humanitarian impacts continues
With insistence and arrogance, the countries of War Coalition against Yemen inhumanly and intransigently continue to impose siege, starvation and brutal killing on the Yemeni people. They obstructed the arrival of oil derivatives ships, domestic gas, food, medicine and other urgent needs to Hodeidah port, despite completing all the procedures of inspection and scrutiny in Djibouti through the UN verification and inspection mechanism. All this is taking place, while the world is mobilizing all its forces to face COVID-19 pandemic, which ravages all humanity. As a result of this pandemic, Yemenis face the risk of death amidst an unjust blockade that prevents the entry of oil derivatives ships needed to supply hospitals to face the threat of the deadly virus. The lives of millions of Yemenis are threatened due to the lack of health and logistical capabilities to face diseases and epidemics. This has contributed to spread of the diseases that kill the Yemenis.