Top Stories The levies of the Houthi coup militia threaten to stop 290 health facilities from working

The levies of the Houthi coup militia threaten to stop 290 health facilities from working

The Houthi militias were not satisfied with the systematic destruction of the health sector for more than 7 years and depriving millions of Yemenis of access to the least medical services, but they also expanded the scope of that targeting and destruction to reach hundreds of private facilities in Sanaa and other cities under its control through a package of arbitrary decisions.

In this context, health workers in Sana’a told Asharq Al-Awsat that Houthi leader Taha Al-Mutawakil, appointed as Minister of Health in the unrecognized government of the putschists, issued a series of decisions a few days ago described as “blackmail” targeting dozens of hospitals and private medical centers in the group’s control areas.

The sources stated that some of the militia’s decisions included the closure of operations departments, intensive care and hospitalization in 29 private hospitals and operations departments in 88 dispensaries and medical centers, noting in the same regard that the decisions are the outcome of a series of field visits accompanied by campaigns of extortion and looting against more than 175 hospitals and 115 private clinics.

The health workers disclosed that the militias’ health in Sana’a had sent warnings to 100 hospitals and the same to 100 private clinics, under the pretext of obtaining a Houthi assessment of 60 percent, a percentage linked to the extent to which they are subject to the payment of levies, and the provision of free services to militia members.

The sources stated that this targeting comes in the context of what the group is currently doing of a new evaluation process for health facilities, which is the third of its kind in less than three years, and is not subject to the lowest medical standards followed in all countries of the world.

In a related context, medical sources in Sanaa quoted the Houthi leader, Taha Al-Mutawakkil, one of the militia’s generalists and one of the most fanatic, as saying that “these decisions come within the framework of a new and extensive evaluation process for hundreds of medical facilities in Sanaa and the rest of the governorates.” And he threatened to continue targeting centers and clinics that were not yet covered by extortion.

The militias announced, during a recent event organized in Sana’a, the capital, the results of the third round of an evaluation process for private medical facilities in their areas of control.

The speech of the Al-Mutawakkil leader focused during the event on repeating the call for owners and managers of hospitals and private diagnostic centers to provide special attention and provide full medical care to the wounded militias and their families, as well as to the families and families of those killed on the frontlines, without other Yemeni patients.

The Houthi putschists had previously closed more than 8 private and private hospitals and revoked their licenses, while they closed the operations and intensive care departments in 25 private and governmental hospitals, all located in the capital, Sana’a.

As part of the second targeting phase, the militias closed about 110 private medical facilities in the capital, including 86 facilities completely, and 24 partially, and the licenses of dozens of health centers were withdrawn.

These Houthi practices against the rest of that sector came with the aim of blackmailing its owners and forcing them to pay illegal levies to militia members, under the name of “the war effort.” According to what health workers say.

The Ministry of Health of the legitimate government had previously confirmed that Yemen still faces great challenges in the health sector as a result of the continuous tampering of the militias that confiscate medical aid in all areas under its control.

Local and international reports confirm that, at the present time, only a very small part of health facilities in Yemen are operating at full capacity. Some reports indicate that about 22 million Yemenis, or more than two-thirds of the population, need urgent humanitarian and health assistance, and many of them are on the brink of starvation and are facing the risks of diseases and epidemics.

While the United Nations indicated in several previous reports that there was a complete collapse of the health sector in Yemen, and the closure of a large number of health facilities, which caused the spread of diseases and epidemics in the country; Especially in the areas under the control of the revolutionaries.

A local human rights report accused the militias of committing more than 4,000 violations against the health sector in 15 Yemeni governorates from mid-2017 to mid-2021.

According to the report of the Yemeni Network for Rights and Freedoms, these crimes and violations affected health facilities and sectors, including hospitals and health workers.


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