Saudi blockade hinders delivery of desperately needed medicine to Yemenis: MSF

The international medical charity Doctors Without Borders says it has not been able to deliver vital medical and humanitarian assistance to the people in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, due to a tight blockade the Saudi-led military coalition has imposed on the impoverished nation.

Doctors Without Borders, known by the French acronym MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres), said in a statement on Saturday that for the previous 12 days it had not received authorization from the Saudi-led coalition to fly from Djibouti to Sana’a, which is essential to bring medical supplies and staff to patients in need.

“This has significantly hindered our ability to provide lifesaving medical and humanitarian assistance to a population already in dire need,” said Justin Armstrong, the MSF head of mission in the war-torn country.

The warning came nearly two weeks after Saudi Arabia announced that it was shutting down Yemen’s air, sea, and land borders, after Yemeni Houthi Ansarullah fighters targeted an international airport near the Saudi capital, Riyadh, with a cruise missile in retaliation for ceaseless bombardment of Yemen by the Saudi war machine over the past two and a half years.

The Saudi military, however, announced that it had intercepted the missile, which apparently reached the deepest parts within the Saudi territory.

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