NRC: Lack of getting medical help abroad kills more in Yemen


"The number exceeds the alarming death toll of close to 9,000 people killed in violent attacks". "Beyond airstrikes and cholera, the war in Yemen is devastating Yemeni lives on all fronts".

He explained that the number of flight permits issued to every Yemeni airport ever since the beginning of operations has reached 5,765 for commercial, cargo and humanitarian relief flights, and asked United Nations to contribute in resuming flights from and to Sanaa airport through managing airport security and putting the legitimate Yemeni government fears to rest.

"Without access to safe, commercial travel, Yemenis are left with no way to access critical medical care", further said the statement. "Thousands of women, men and children who could have been saved lost their lives".

"As a result, we have assigned airports in liberated, and safe cities as alternatives at the request of the Yemeni government, and thus, these precautionary measures should not be stigmatized as cause of suffering for Yemeni people", the spokesman said, adding that the flight permits issued to all Yemeni airports ever since the beginning of operations have reached 5,765 for commercial, cargo and humanitarian relief flights.

More than 54,000 people have been killed or injured since the coalition's involvement. But the flights, which land in Sana'a and Aden, are not available to Yemenis.

"Yemen's public services are crumbling under the pressures of war", said the NRC's Hamdan.

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Yemeni rescue workers carry a victim on a stretcher amid the rubble of a destroyed building in Sana'a, October 2016.

The Saudi-led coalition has imposed a no-fly zone over Yemen amid its deadly bombing campaign against the country, which began in March 2015. The Houthis, however, control most of the north, including Sana'a, so a reopening would need agreement from both sides.

According to the World Health Organization, Yemen is now coping with the "world's worst cholera outbreak", which has claimed the lives of at least 1,800 people and infected more than 370,000 others.

Riyadh and its allies have been blocking aid delivery to Yemen.

About "10,000 Yemenis have now died from health conditions for which they were seeking medical treatment overseas", the aid agency said, citing figures from the rebels' health ministry.

Citing United Nations figures, the statement said an estimated 7,000 Yemenis had gone overseas from Sanaa each year for medical treatment before the conflict.