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International Committee of Red Cross: Children, mothers dying in Yemen due to a lack of health services

Despite the UN-brokered truce, the consequences of the Saudi-led war are still taking the lives of Yemeni women and children.

A recent report by the International Committee of the Red Cross says a mother and 6 newborns die every two hours in Yemen, of complications that occur during pregnancy and causes that can be avoided in normal circumstances.

The committee says the numbers are likely to increase due to a lack of health services or poor care provided, especially amid a shortage of funding for the United Nations programs in Yemen, as well as the termination of aid related to reproductive health, and mother and child health.

Recently, most of the United Nations programs, including the world food program, announced a suspension of their humanitarian activities in Yemen due to a lack of funding as well as the consequences of the Russia-Ukraine war.

Yemeni health officials say 19 million Yemenis don’t have access to healthcare. They say it is a shame for the international community to abandon Yemeni women and children who have been paying the highest price since the beginning of the Saudi-led war on Yemen.

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