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Houthi Militias Shell Al-Thawra Hospital | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Saida Ahmad Baghili, 18, who has been affected by severe malnutrition, rests on a bed at the al-Thawra hospital in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, Yemen November 17, 2016. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah /File Photo

Taiz- Yemeni sources have described the condition in the dialysis section at Al-Thawra Hospital as totally paralyzed due to missiles and splinters that were launched on Tuesday from n area controlled by Houthis and Saleh.

A medical source reported to Asharq Al-Awsat that the patients – a minimum of 270 – will suffer terribly in case a center for dialysis was not provided soon. The source, who preferred to remain anonymous, added that the center of dialysis was totally destructed and the water tanks were destroyed but no human losses were registered.

Speaking about the reason behind the survival of patients, the source said that patients were standing in line in front of the center before the shelling started and they hadn’t yet commenced their dialysis sessions.

“They survived a massacre. Their late entrance to undergo dialysis was a miracle that protected them from an absolute death,” the source added.

Although the modest center is located in Taiz, it has been offering dialysis for many patients whose arrival to the center takes long hours due to the siege and the absence of safe roads for those coming from outside the city or those living in villages nearby the conflict zones.

Yemen’s Deputy Minister of Human Rights Dr. Mohamed Askar told Asharq Al-Awsat that the shelling caused material losses in the medical equipment of the dialysis section.

“We denounce militias’ continuous violations of the humanitarian international law and the repeated targeting of hospitals and medical facilities,” he said.

In the besieged Taiz, the militias killed more than 1,535 individuals, of which 166 are children and 102 are women – they also wounded 8,786 people and kidnapped 221 not to mention destroying institutions and preventing access of humanitarian aid to the besieged city.