Yesterday 1 August, a patient with kidney failure died as a result of the electricity outage in Al-Thawrah hospital in Taiz. The local authority and WHO ceased their funding of diesel to the hospital, threatening the lives of 250 patients in the governorate, according to Ahmed Al-Domaini, head of the emergency section in Al-Thawarah hospital.
After the patient’s death, one of the volunteers provided the hospital with diesel, enough to operate for a few hours. The King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Work, which also provided relief to other hospitals in Taiz, ended contracts with other hospitals, resulting in all the patients being sent to Al-Thawrah hospital, the only one providing health services for the patients. Al-Thawrah hospital is currently the only functioning hospital in Taiz. Amid total negligence from the local authority of the city and the international organizations, Taiz is faced with a complete humanitarian disaster.
After the takeover of Sana’a in 2014, Taiz has been suffering from a siege imposed by the Houthi and Saleh militia, along with bloody shelling in the attempt of the militia to gain control over this strategic city. The armed resistance of the city has recently gone into an internal conflict, making it worse for the already-suffering city. Taiz also suffers from landmines planted by the Houthi/Saleh forces and the siege took a toll on the lives of its people, amid governmental and international negligence to its suffering. Recently, the chief of ICRC made a first of its kind visit to the besieged Taiz.