A press conference reveals the human and health suffering due to the closure of Sana’a International Airport

A joint press conference for Sanaa airport management and some civil society organizations held this morning, Sunday, in the capital, Sana’a, revealed the suffering of patients of all categories, as well as travelers, and the losses that the airport suffered as a result of targeting with raids and closures.

Director General of Sanaa International Airport, Khaled Al-Shayef said that the closure of the airport has caused a lot of damage in the humanitarian and health aspects and in all aspects of civilian life for Yemenis.

He confirmed that the airport is completely safe and in complete technical readiness to receive flights, indicating that the only obstacle to reopening the airport and lifting the ban is the intransigence of the aggression countries and the complicity of the United Nations organizations.

The aggression bombing of the airport continued even in the presence of some United Nations flights, he explained, stressing that “these crimes will not pass without judicial prosecution.”

He announced that the closure of the airport caused the death of more than 80,000 patients who needed to be treated abroad.

Al-Shayef mentioned that the direct losses of targeting Sanaa International Airport by “the Saudi-led aggression coalition” amounted to more than $ 150 million.

Al-Shayef confirmed that more than 450,000 patients still need to travel to receive treatment abroad due to the continuing war and poor health conditions as a result of the comprehensive blockade.

More than 12,000 patients with kidney failure need urgent kidney transplants, and that more than 65 cases of cancer are threatened with death at any moment, he added.

He pointed out that more than one million patients are threatened with death due to the lack of drugs for incurable diseases, and that over 3,000 patients, registered with the Ministry of Health, suffer from cardiac abnormalities and they urgently need to travel abroad for treatment.

He said that one out of every ten passengers traveling between Sanaa and Aden or Sanaa and Sayoun dies due to the long distance, the rugged road and the large number of military points spread on the road.

The airport’s director pointed out that more than a million Yemenis cannot enter Yemen, and thousands of students at home are deprived of their scholarships due to the closure of Sanaa airport and the siege on Yemen.


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