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Suffering of Yemeni patients continues amid war and siege

Abdullatif al-Washali
Press TV, Hudaydah

Six years of war on Yemen and siege by the Saudi-led coalition has had devastating impact on the health sector of the poor country. Kidney patients are among the most affected segments in Yemen amid the closure of many dialysis centers due to the lack of fuel and medicines.

Many dialysis centers had to stop providing services due to a lack of fuel and necessary medical equipment. Therefore, the only dialysis center in Hodeidah in Western Yemen struggles to cope with the large number of patients.

Patients say lack of fuel worsens their suffering as they come from far areas twice a week and they can't afford the rising costs of transportation. Salem is one of them. He says he takes hours to get to the center due to the military confrontations on the main roads.

Saudi Arabia and its allies launched a deadly war on Yemen in March 2015 to return the former President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi to power. The brutal aggression has killed over one hundred thousands of civilians most of them women and children.

Hundreds of kidney failure patients may lose their lives if this center stops providing its services. However, as the people here say, the international community remains silent towards their sufferings. 

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