Urgent call to save 350 lives, as Taiz patients begin to die

Urgent call to save 350 lives, as Taiz patients begin to die

Six kidney failure patients in Yemen's besieged city of Taiz have reportedly died and 350 others are expected to follow after appeals to the government and humanitarian organizations to save their lives went unheeded.

Local sources said that six out of dozens of patients succumbed to death on Wednesday after long waiting and even protests for the re-operation of the dialysis service in the city's main and state-run hospital, al-Thawrah.

As many as 350 patients have been protesting for days to demand the government and the humanitarian organizations to save their lives as days pass by with al-Thawrah's dialysis center lacking materials and solutions it needs to re-run dialysis sessions.

As the patients kept crowding around Al-Thawrah, the hospital's management issued "an urgent appeal to the government and the humanitarian organizations to act seriously and promptly to afford materials for dialysis.

The hospital's deputy manager Ahmed Ahmed al-Domayni told www.newsyemen.net that "every month someone is dying regularly" apart of the six who died this week. The Director of the Prosthetic  Kidney Section in the hospital, Fahmi al-Hanani appealed to the government through the news website to "fulfill its obligation of supporting the hospital with the necessary medicines and solutions."

Houthis have been besieging the city of Taiz for three years and, in addition to daily massacres by rocket shelling and sniper shooting, the Shia Islamist extremists have been besieging the city depriving it of humanitarian and medical aid.

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