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Saudi-led military aggression, siege have left over 2,400 Yemeni women dead: Rights group

A human rights group says more than 2,400 Yemeni women have lost their lives ever since Saudi Arabia and its regional allies launched a bloody military onslaught against the crisis-stricken Arab country roughly seven years ago.

The Sana’a-based Entesaf Organization for Women and Child Rights, in a report released on Thursday, announced that 2,412 women have been killed and 2,825 others sustained injuries as a result of the incessant Saudi-led airstrikes, and the fallout of the tight blockade.

The report highlighted that the situation of Yemeni women in areas controlled by the Saudi-led coalition forces and their Takfiri mercenaries loyal to fugitive former Yemeni president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, is fairly dire; and the level of violence against them has soared by 63% since the start of the Saudi-led aggression.

It pointed out that the devastating Saudi military campaign, together with the brutal siege, has deprived Yemeni women of their basic rights to access health services as hospitals and medical centers are in ruins, caused unhygienic conditions that encourage the spread of infectious diseases, and resulted in high rates of malnutrition.

The Saudi war of aggression has also raised the rates of abortion and congenital deformities among Yemeni babies as a result of the use of weapons banned under international law, it added.

The report went on to note that 1.2 million women suffer from malnutrition, half of whom are pregnant.

Additionally, some 8,000 Yemeni women die on a yearly basis because of the blockade, and more than 70% of multivitamins and iron products used to treat or prevent vitamin deficiency during pregnancy are not available in Yemen due to the blockade.

Many Yemeni families are unable to provide basic educational needs for their daughters, and an estimated 31 percent of Yemeni girls are already out of school, the report highlighted.

Furthermore, there are about 800,000 internally displaced women across Yemen, and they are subjected to various forms of human rights violations as a result of displacement.

According to the report, 65,000 patients with cancerous tumors, including many women, are at the serious risk of death as a result of the continued closure of Sana’a International Airport, while more than 12,000 patients with acute renal failure need urgent kidney transplants abroad.

Entesaf Organization for Women and Child Rights then called for an end to the Saudi-led airstrikes, and demanded an impartial investigation into crimes and massacre committed by the Saudi-led forces and their allied Takfiri militants against Yemeni women.

The head of the organization, Sumaya al-Taifi, said there are also documented examples of abduction and rape of women in southern Yemeni provinces, where Saudi-led troops and their mercenaries are in control.

Taifi also lambasted the shameful and inhumane position of the United Nations vis-à-vis the miseries of Yemeni women, and argued that the world agency has abdicated its responsibilities and withdrawn support from most vital sectors.

Saudi Arabia, backed by the United States and regional allies, launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing Hadi’s government back to power and crushing the popular Ansarullah resistance movement.

The war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead, and displaced millions more. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases there.

Despite heavily-armed Saudi Arabia’s incessant bombardment of the impoverished country, the Yemeni armed forces and the Popular Committees have grown steadily in strength against the Saudi-led invaders and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.

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