WHO: Violence in Hodeidah endangers thousands of vulnerable populations

WHO: Violence in Hodeidah endangers thousands of vulnerable populations

The ongoing violence in Hodeidah province (western Yemen) puts tens of thousands of vulnerable people at risk, said a statement issued by the Regional Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the eastern Mediterranean region Ahmed al-Manzarie.

"Violence in Hodeidah prevents the World Health Organization (WHO) from accessing the population to provide the urgent assistance they need," al-Manzarie added.

"Violence is now approaching more than hospitals, limiting the movement and safety of health workers, patients, and ambulances, as well as the impact of health facilities, leaving hundreds without access to treatment," he said.

"While only 50 percent of health facilities are operating throughout the country, and doctors are not available in 18 percent of Yemen's total directorates, we cannot afford to lose more health workers or leave another hospital," he said.

"In the city of Hodeidah, hospitals are located near confrontation lines, which is alarming and endangers both the lives of health care workers and patients," he added.

He warned that as the immune system of millions of Yemenis deteriorates due to hunger, thousands die from malnutrition, cholera, and other diseases, while the Hodeidah population is among the most affected, with the highest rates of cholera infection since the onset of the outbreak.

The international official urged all parties to the conflict to respect their legal obligations under international humanitarian law to ensure the protection of health workers, patients, health facilities, ambulances, and the population, and to facilitate humanitarian access to areas where the population needs to be assisted in a manner Severe.

Last Friday, Yemeni forces launched a new military operation, resuming a large-scale field campaign, which began in the middle of this year, to control the coastal city of Hodeidah and its strategic port under the control of the Houthis.

Yemeni government forces announced that they had taken control of the eastern gate of the city of Hodeidah and continued to advance several neighborhoods there.


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