Sana’a (AM) – Last month, Yemeni officials revealed that the Saudi-led coalition had arbitrarily detained at least 13 ships and prevented their entry to Yemen’s Hodeidah port. Saudi officials and the United Nations had already inspected all 13 ships and cleared their entry to Yemen. Cargo aboard the vessels included vital fuel, food, medical supplies, and other humanitarian aid and goods. Today, Yemen is completely out of fuel for hospitals, cooking, and basic needs due to the coalition’s malicious restrictions.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Health announced on Saturday that health facilities are forced to reduce working hours in hospitals due to lack of energy and scarcity of oil derivatives, stressing that “this emergency measure threatens the lives of patients.”

Crises are escalating due to US-Saudi aggression’s siege and preventing the entry of oil derivatives on ships to Hodeidah port. This piracy is affecting Yemenis in various aspects of life, especially the health sector which is threatened with total collapse, according to the Ministry of Public Health and Population.

Ministry spokesman Dr. Yousef Al-Hadhri said that more than 120 hospitals, 3,000 health centers, private hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories, and blood banks are at risk of catastrophe if the US-Saudi aggression continues to prevent the arrival of oil derivatives.

He said that “the number of health facilities belonging to the private sector affected by the interruption of oil derivatives is estimated at 183 hospitals, 165 dispensaries, and 555 medical centers for a total of more than 903 facilities. The private sector provides health services to more than 60% of the population, especially in light of the circumstances that Yemen is experiencing from aggression and blockade.”

The aggression has restricted the flow of goods and oil derivatives and has continued to hold ten ships loaded with gasoline and diesel fuel at sea despite inspections and authorization from the United Nations Mission in Djibouti. The UN Mission in Djibouti also called on the Ministry of Health to send an urgent distress appeal to the international community and UN and international organizations, led by the United Nations, appealed to “the speed of action and pressure on the coalition countries to lift the ban on oil derivatives ships.”

In a statement on Friday, the ministry called on organizations working in Yemen to seek to provide hospitals, centers, and bodies with the required quantities of fuel to maintain the health situation to continue its performance and provide services to about 30 million Yemeni people.

The Ministry of Health called on the UN envoy to prove the good intentions of the parties hostile to Yemen, led by Saudi Arabia, by lifting the air and sea blockade and allowing ships to reach the port of Hodeidah. The health situation especially cannot tolerate any new disturbances on the side of oil derivatives.

In the statement, the Ministry of Health confirmed the entire dependence of the health sector on oil derivatives and debated whether to provide them with electric power for operating medical devices, moving ambulances, emergencies, and the transfer of doctors, paramedics, health workers, and means of transporting private and public patients public.

The statement by the ministry stated that “this siege and its tightening in recent times portend a major catastrophe and is a death sentence for hundreds of thousands of patients, if not for millions (children, women, and men). In addition, pandemic control operations were largely disrupted by the war.”

In the statement, the Ministry of Health held the coalition countries and their regimes responsible for hundreds of daily deaths due to the deteriorating health situation as a result of their aggression, its siege, and most recently preventing oil ships from entering Yemen despite inspection and authorization by the United Nations.

This post originally ran on Almasirah and was republished here with permission.