The five-year conflict has killed more than 100,000 and unleashed a humanitarian crisis in which many others have died. Yemen’s shattered healthcare infrastructure and already weakened population suggest the virus could wreak more havoc if takes hold.
“What our report shows is how blatantly international humanitarian law has been ignored in #Yemen’s conflict and how in particular attacking healthcare facilities has a long-term and wide-reaching impact
The report also criticises the coalition for a lack of transparency in its operations, adding that “it remains unclear what precautions the coalition has adopted to minimise harm to #Yemen’s health facilities and personnel”.
“Even those hospitals that remain open lack specialists, equipment and medicine. We currently only have 10 healthcare workers per 10,000 people instead of the standard 22. If one medical worker is arrested, injured or killed that has a huge knock-on effect,” Alfakih said.
The analysis of the state of Yemen’s healthcare infrastructure comes amid heavy fighting in al-Jawf
Coalition airstrikes in al-Jawf launched in retaliation after the Houthis shot down a warplane killed more than 30 civilians last month. On 1 March,