“The medical situation in Yemen is catastrophic”

The increased fighting in Yemen, between Houthi rebels and forces loyal to the exiled President AbdRabbu Mansour Hadi, has caused an acute shortage of supply at the major hospitals in several cities.

The main hospital in the rebel­held capital, Sanaa, is on the verge of shutting down due to limited access to basic medicines and equipment caused by a blockade imposed by pro­Hadi fighters, while hospitals in Taiz are under siege by Houthi rebels, acccording to Save the Children.

The UK­based charity said al-­Sabeen Hospital, ­ which caters to children and pregnant women in Sanaa, ­ could shut its doors on Tuesday over critical fuel shortages and a lack of medical supplies. The hospital is reliant on the Red Sea port of Hodeida for at least 90 percent of its supplies and serves an estimated three million people.