Saudi Arabia “publishes” the epidemic in Yemen?

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A few days ago, Yemen recorded the first infection with the Coruna virus. Before his arrival, the epidemic was a major obsession in the political and medical circles, due to the health system’s unqualified health being essentially damaged, before the Saudi war destroyed what remains of it. Fears escalated that the spread of the epidemic would deepen the human tragedy, in light of the modest local potential and the collapse of services after six years of aggression that led, according to a report of the Ministry of Health in Sanaa, to the destruction of more than 469 health facilities and tens of billions of dollars in losses for the health sector. The blockade prevented the maintenance of 97 percent of the devices and equipment whose life expired, while more than 48,000 employees in the sector did not receive their salaries, and many doctors and employees stopped work due to displacement and economic conditions, and 95 percent of the foreign medical staff left the country.The Minister of Health in Yemen, Taha al-Mutawakkil, warned last week of a “major humanitarian catastrophe” in the event of an epidemic. In a speech before the House of Representatives, he stressed that the state will not be able to confront it in the required way because it will exceed its hospitalization and financial capabilities, noting that the number of hospital beds is only 1500, along with 400 artificial respirators only, while the majority of the oxygen factories are suspended and need maintenance. He called on international organizations to provide 1,000 artificial respirators urgently.
However, what was expected had happened, as last Friday, the “Supreme National Committee to Face the Corona Epidemic” announced the discovery of the first case in the coastal city of Shahr in Hadramout governorate, which is under coalition control. Medical sources said that the injured, who works in the Shahr port, picked up the infection after contacting an Indian worker on a ship that docked at the port.
While Corona, in and of itself, is a threat to Yemen in all its regions in isolation from the map of power control, the most dangerous of which is the attempts of the Saudi regime to invest in the crisis and make it one of the tools of war as the rest of the non-military cards, such as blockade, starvation and manipulation of the financial and economic situation. They have been repeated at many stations in the age of the war, to compel Sanaa to raise the white flag.

1500 beds and 400 respirators available, after the aggression destroyed most hospitals

Observers have stopped at the timing of the announcement of the orphan injury, so far, as it came soon after Saudi Arabia announced the temporary ceasefire (for two weeks only) unilaterally. It coincided with a Saudi media campaign claiming that Sanaa was concealing the epidemic for political reasons. With the discovery of the first casualty, the Saudi and Gulf-funded media focused on the humanitarian situation in Yemen, and one of the Saudi stations broadcasting from Dubai promoted the discovery of 125 injuries at once, which raised question marks, not only by the Sanaa government, but also among coalition agents and between Activists affiliated with it.
The Saudi regime set a unilateral ceasefire in the framework of providing an opportunity to combat the epidemic, adding to doubts about the aims of its allegations. If the announcement was not a party to polish the image in front of the international community, it would have been more beneficial to lift the siege to enable the Yemenis to fight the epidemic and treat patients who are prevented from traveling for treatment. However, Sanaa believes that the temporary Saudi response to the United Nations initiative for a cease-fire is due to the successive burdens and the radical problems that beset Riyadh, and it needs a warrior’s rest to alleviate those troubles, in order to gain time.
In this context, the Kingdom has, in the past days, undertaken measures that contradict and its steps, which can be summarized as follows:
Thousands of Asians and Africans were expelled from Saudi Arabia to the Yemeni territories, especially the Saada outlets. Yemeni activists interacted with video clips showing large numbers of African migrants in the Al-Raqou area of ​​the governorate (north of Yemen) on the border with Saudi Arabia, prompting the Sanaa government to deal with expulsion campaigns decisively and prevent the entry of displaced people into the Yemeni lands.
Return hundreds of volunteers, who were recruited by Saudi Arabia, from training camps in Saudi territory through Aden airport, and distribute them to alliance camps without medical examination procedures. Political activists and health sector officials in these areas controlled by the Saudi coalition have not bothered to hold the latter responsible for the spread of the epidemic.
Thousands of Yemenis working in Saudi Arabia are deported to their country, randomly and without coordination with the official agencies or United Nations organizations concerned with humanitarian affairs. The influx of deportees has placed a burden on the Sanaa government, which immediately began arranging their reception by setting up quarantine camps, despite the scarcity of capabilities, and began subjecting many of them to the necessary checks.
– Hundreds of Yemeni fighters serving with Saudi Arabia in the southern border returned to their country, in light of reports of the spread of the epidemic among their employers, including Saudi officers and soldiers.





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