Yemen official: 55% of health facilities bombed, looted by rebels

Pro-government troops parade to mark the 55th anniversary of the September 1962 revolution in the southwestern Yemeni city of Taiz on Tuesday. (Reuters)
Updated 27 September 2017
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Yemen official: 55% of health facilities bombed, looted by rebels

GENEVA: Houthi militias and forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh have destroyed and looted more than 55 percent of health facilities in Yemen since September 2014, a Yemeni official said on Tuesday.
Health sector losses in Aden amounted to $7 million, Health Ministry Undersecretary Dr. Ali Al-Walidi said at a symposium on Yemen organized by the British Arab Center for Strategic Studies and Development in Geneva.
Al-Thawrah Hospital and the Swedish Children’s Hospital in the city of Taiz have been repeatedly attacked, he added.
Rebels “targeted the dialysis department and the cholera treatment center at the Republican Hospital in Taiz,” he said.
“The power and drainage network was stopped, and the hospital’s dialysis machines were destroyed.”
Emergency vehicles and primary health care programs in the ministry’s general office have been looted, Al-Walidi said.
“The legitimate Yemeni government has made great efforts to reduce the spread of epidemics, with the generous support of the brothers in the Arab alliance, particularly Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait,” he added.
Saudi Arabia has allocated $74.8 million to fight cholera, and 55 tons of medicines and medical supplies have been sent by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), whose medical aid to Yemen is ongoing.
“KSRelief has repaired 16 hospitals and health facilities in Aden. It has equipped operation rooms and oncology centers with medical supplies and medicines for chronic and infectious diseases,” Al-Walidi said.
The UAE Red Crescent delivered $12 million to the World Health Organization (WHO) in Yemen to rehabilitate 24 hospitals in nine governorates, restore Khalifa Hospital in Socotra, and send medical equipment and supplies to Taiz, Marib, Hadramout and other governorates.


Israeli parliament to vote on contentious Nation State bill

Updated 27 min 25 sec ago
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Israeli parliament to vote on contentious Nation State bill

  • The bill enshrines the country’s Jewish character into law
  • Critics say it marginalizes the country’s Arab citizens

JERUSALEM: Israel’s parliament is set to vote on a controversial piece of legislation that would define the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people.
A parliamentary committee has approved a final draft of the Nation State bill, paving the way for the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, to vote on its passage into law Wednesday.
Israel’s government says the bill, which would have constitution-like standing, enshrines the country’s Jewish character into law, but critics say it marginalizes the country’s Arab citizens, which constitute around 20 percent of the population, and threatens Israeli democracy. One clause of the bill downgrades the Arabic language from official to “special” standing.
Lawmakers removed a clause allowing the establishment of “separate communities” that was criticized as racist, replacing it with a clause encouraging “Jewish settlement.”