Fuel shortage leads to Yemen hospital shutdowns

Silent War Journal

Source: IRIN

For a doctor in the middle of a warzone, Hamoud al-Jehafi has spent very little time in recent days dealing with patients.

The head of Yareem Public Hospital in the central Yemeni city of Ibb, he has been so preoccupied with finding fuel to keep the lights on that he hasn’t found time to treat the injured.

“We have had no power at the hospital for days, and the Yemen state oil company said they can’t get us any more for at least two days.”

“I‘ve been looking for diesel for [the fridges] everywhere,” he added. “We have dead bodies in the refrigerators [getting warm].”

Doctors are operating in the dark, while vital medical supplies are lacking, he said.

A Saudi Arabian-led coalition has been bombing Yemen for six weeks in a bid to force the pro-Iranian Houthi militia to give up power. It has also imposed stringent…

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