Joint twins born under blockade in Yemen nearly three weeks ago died on Saturday following an escape attempt that could save lives.
In a statement issued by the Houthi-run Saba newspaper, the Ministry of Health said the twins' deaths reflected the humanitarian situation facing Yemen's children following the war.
The difficult situation of boys and the proliferation of international media they have generated have highlighted the war policies in Yemen and their human costs.
Abdelkhaleq and Abdelkarim were born in Sanaa, a city controlled by the Houthis, in a hospital so under-equipped after years of bombing and blockades imposed by the Saudi-led coalition to allow doctors to perform an MRI.
The doctors of the twins had requested that they be evacuated to a hospital equipped to give them a vital treatment.
"They must travel immediately and they will not be able to survive in Yemen in the social, political and economic conditions of the country," said Dr. Faisal al-Balbali, head of the neonatal unit of the Algerian hospital. Thawra of Sanaa.
But Yemen's airspace is controlled by the Saudi coalition and, as a result of Houthi missile attacks on Saudi Arabia, no civilian flights have taken off from Sanaa since 2015. The only flights allowed at the entrance and at the exit are those operated by the UN.
Despite the offers of a Saudi organization, the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Assistance, to provide the necessary medical care, no way to get around the blockade has been found.
For nearly four years of war, Yemen has seen the country on the verge of starvation and its infrastructure destroyed, while Iranian-backed Houthi rebels fight the Saudi-led coalition that is targeting the country. to restore the government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, ousted by the Houthis in 2014.
UN-led peace talks resumed in December 2018, aimed at implementing a ceasefire and military withdrawal in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, and reopening the border. Sana'a Airport.