More than 40,000 Pregnant Women Died during War on Yemen
The Ministry of Public Health and Population in Sana’a announced Saturday that the total number of civilian casualties due to the Saudi-led coalition war on Yemen has reached 47,081 dead and wounded since March 26, 2015, until August 27, 2022.
In a press conference on the effects and consequences of the war and the siege on the health sector, the official spokesman of the ministry, Dr. Anis Al-Asbahi, confirmed that the siege and the intense bombardment with prohibited weapons caused a high rate of congenital malformations and miscarriages, with an average of 350,000 miscarriages and 12,000 malformations, indicating to the death of 40,320 pregnant women and 103,680 children during the eight years of the continuous siege on Yemen.
Al-Asbahi pointed out that the number of health facilities completely and partially destroyed as a result of the direct aerial bombardment of the coalition aircraft reached 537, affirming that the bombing caused the death of 66 doctors, specialists, assistants and health personnel, as well as the destruction of 70 ambulances.
“The coalition is preventing the entry of vital medical equipment and international companies have refrained from supplying medicines to Yemen as a result of the blockade,” the spokesman said.
The Ministry of Health called for lifting the siege and stopping the war on Yemen once and for all, to address the humanitarian crisis, stressing that “the limited opening of Sanaa Airport and the port of Hodeida under the armistice does not meet the minimum needs of the health sector and the needs of patients.”
At the conference, Dr. Al-Asbahi announced the killing and wounding of 484 civilians as a result of the military violations committed by the coalition since the start of the UN-brokered armistice on the second of last April.