The Minister of Public Health in thegovernment of the Houthis group, Dr. Taha al-Mutawakil accused on Tuesday the Saudi-led Arab Coalition for deaths of 20,000 Yemenis suffering from cancer tumors during 2017 and 2018 due to lack of health services and lack of treatment as a result of the blockade and the ban imposed on Sanaa International Airport for nearly three years.
Minister Al-Mutawakil revealed at a press conference in Sanaa today that 40,000 cases of tumors were recorded every year in Yemen. He said that the aggression bombing contributes to the high incidence of tumors, which is one of the major reasons.
He said that in the capital Sanaa, only 25 to 35 cases of tumors were recorded on a daily basis and that is a catastrophic epidemiological situation.
The Minister of Health in the Huthi government also accused the countries of the coalition of aggression against Yemen of continuing to prevent the travel of cancer patients for treatment abroad because of the continued closure of Sanaa International Airport.
He pointed out that at the same time, the Coalition countries continue their intransigence in putting humiliating conditions on patients to obstruct the UN bridge to transport cancer patients for treatment abroad .. He explained that 25% died because of the aggression and siege.
Yemen has been devastated by a five-year armed conflict by the government backed by the coalition and the Iran-backed Houthis.
More than 11.000 civilians have been killed and tens of thousands of others injured in the war. Millions have been displaced and tens of thousands have fled outside the country.
The coalition has been responsible for the vast majority of civilian casualties, according to the UN and international human rights organisations.
The conflict has caused what the United Nations calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
More than 24 million people, more than 80% of the country's population, are in need some form of humanitarian on protection assistance, including 8.4 million people who don't know where their next meal will come from, according to the UN.
And there are nearly 2 million children suffering from acute malnutrition, the UN said.