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Houthi Insurgents Accused of Selling Free Cholera Medicines | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Women sit with relatives infected with cholera at a hospital in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, Yemen. Reuters

Jeddah- The local administration of the legitimate government in Yemen has monitored the involvement of the Houthi rebels in selling free medicines provided by Saudi Arabia and the UAE for cholera patients in the areas under their control, mainly in Sana’a.

It called on all international organizations concerned with monitoring the humanitarian situation in Yemen to work on monitoring the performance of the Houthi rebels and to ensure that they do not trade with the conditions of people living in areas under their control.

Yemen’s Minister of Local Administration Abdel-Raqib Fath strongly condemned the trading in the medicines of the cholera epidemic, selling them in the black market in Hodeidah, Hajja, Ibb and Dhamar provinces and depriving patients from obtaining them.

The Yemeni Minister called on the Executive Committee on Humanitarian Affairs (ECHA) in the World Health Organization, the UNICEF and other international agencies to monitor the performance of armed Houthi militias in areas under their control and their acts of selling free-of-charge treatments to cholera patients.

Fath, who is also the head of the Higher Relief Committee, said that the liberated areas have been under strict supervision through a certain mechanism followed by the Ministry of Health and its offices at the levels of the governorates and districts in order to ensure the delivery of the free cholera drugs to infected patients.

Fath called on international organizations to work on following up on the sale of free medicines, issue clear statements condemning the violation of the rights of patients by militias, and denounce the involvement in the sale of medicines provided for free.

He confirmed that these drugs were sent by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud along with some other countries that donated them for the Yemeni people.

These treatments are for free, any practices outside this framework should be condemned and international organizations should confront them and condemn anyone who commits this inhumane act, Fath stressed.