Minister of Public Health and Population in Sana’a government Dr. Taha Al-Mutawakkil considered that “the United Nations has killed the Yemeni children twice by its silence on killing them by Saudi-led coalition and siege and by taking Saudi Arabia off the blacklist of child killers.”
“More than 7,000 Yemeni children have been killed and injured by the Saudi-led aggression coalition in their homes since the first air raid, and the United Nations without shame takes Saudi Arabia off the list of shame,” Dr. al-Mutawakkil said during the consultative meeting of the health sector for the evaluation of government hospitals and private medical facilities in Amran province.
The health minister referred that one week after Saudi Arabia was removed from the list of child killers, the coalition airstrikes left 37 children dead and wounded.
He explained that the deaths of children under 28 days as a result of the aggression and the blockade amounted to 20 per cent of the total births, and this number is documented by the United Nations.
The UN-documented deaths of children under a year reaches 53,000 annually, while 72,000 children under 5 years die every year as a result of the siege imposed by the Saudi-US aggression coalition on Yemen, according to Dr. al-Mutawakkil.
“Today we are counting on free people of the world to expose the United Nations crime against children in Yemen, and against the ongoing war and the deadly siege,” the Health Minister said.
He stressed that “the United Nations is supposed to bring Saudi leaders to justice instead of granting them instruments of forgiveness and polishing them at the expense of children’s blood.”
During the meeting, the Minister of Health noted that ambulance operations and intensive care sections may stop as a result of the oil derivative crisis, while the United Nations is silently watching, despite its knowledge of the crisis.
He pointed out that more than 3,500 patients with kidney failure are at risk of death due to the lack of oil derivatives at the dialysis centers.
The incubators of newborns under 28 days are at risk of stopping and the death of hundreds of children as a result of preventing entry of oil ships by Saudi-led coalition, he added.