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Yemen facing medicine shortages due to Saudi blockade

Abdullatif Al-washali
Press TV, Sana'a


Yemen is facing an acute shortage of medical supplies as the Saudi-led coalition is impeding all sorts of imports by continuing its blockade on the country.

The Yemeni Ministry of Health and Population held a press conference in Sana'a to highlight the impact of the continued Saudi siege on the national drug supply program. The event took place amid a severe shortage of necessary medication in the war-torn country.

Medicines do not arrive on time at all due to the closure of Sana'a International Airport, which has also led to a high rate of death among people with chronic diseases.

The ministry says almost 169 thousand patients cannot receive life-saving medicine and they are in real danger unless the siege is lifted.

Earlier, the member of the national negotiating delegation, Abd al-Malik al-Ajri, accused Western powers of preventing the entry of medical supplies into Yemen, saying this precedent has never been witnessed throughout history.

Officials believe that Saudi Arabia is deliberately preventing medical supplies from entering Yemen to pressure Sana'a to accept the U-N agreement as it is. They say the siege has failed throughout seven years of the war, and that the Kingdom's measures will push the Yemeni army to carry out new airstrikes.

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