Saudi-led coalition siege leaves Yemen hospitals on the brink
More than 2.5 million people in Sanaa face crippling energy shortages due to the confiscation of fuel shipments by the Saudi-led coalition
By News Desk - August 28 2022

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On 28 August, the Yemeni Shura Council in Sanaa said the Saudi-led coalition’s continued detention of fuel ships would lead to total power cuts for hospitals, dialysis centers, nurseries, and water wells.

In a statement, the Council demanded the immediate halt of the ongoing looting of Yemen’s oil and threatened consequences against the Saudi-led coalition.

The Shura Council stated that the Saudi-Emirati coalition is fully responsible for the depletion of energy resources, contributing to the humanitarian and economic crisis resulting from the detention of the fuel ships.

Furthermore, the Yemeni Council criticized the silence of the United Nations about the violations of the temporary truce.

A day earlier, the senior member of the Supreme Political Council in Yemen, Muhammad Ali al-Houthi, vowed to fight against the Saudi-led aggression and accused them of a lack of intentions to end the war and lift the siege imposed on Yemen.

The official spokesperson for the Yemeni Oil Company in Sanaa, Issam al-Mutawakel, condemned the UN for failing to execute the terms of the armistice, arguing that UN representatives failed to put pressure on Saudi Arabia. 

On 2 August, the United Nations announced the extension of the truce between the warring parties for an additional two months, quoting Hans Grundberg Special Envoy to Yemen.

The terms of the armistice include halting all air, land, and sea military operations in Yemen and across its borders and easing the entry of oil tankers to the Port of Hodeidah in western Yemen.

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen has been deteriorating continuously during the past years, resulting in one of the worst man-made humanitarian disasters. 

According to a report published by the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO), 23.4 million people in Yemen require humanitarian assistance in 2022, and more than 12.9 million people are assessed to be in acute need.  

Since 2015, the Saudi-led coalition has imposed an air and sea blockade to prevent crucial supplies from reaching the people of Yemen.

The blockade and war efforts have forced 17.4 million Yemenis into food insecurity, with 1.6 million expected to fall into emergency levels of hunger.

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