Medical Flights Start From Yemen’s Sanaa In Diplomatic Breakthrough

www.oann.com | 2/3/2020 | Staff
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DUBAI (Reuters) – Flights carrying patients needing urgent medical attention began from the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, a long-sought confidence-building measure in diplomatic efforts to end the five-year war.

Fifteen-year-old Abdallah Abed was one of 16 patients to be flown out on the first flight to Amman.

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“I have kidney failure and I need a transplant,” he said. “God willing we travel today to Jordan for treatment.”

The flights took two years of negotiations to set up, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Yemen Lise Grande said from Sanaa airport, which has been closed to civilian flights since 2015.

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“There are thousands of patients who need this care. This is the first flight, there will be more,” she said, adding that the real solution is to end the war.

Supervised by the United Nations and World Health Organization, flights from Sanaa will go to Amman and Cairo. WHO said the majority of the patients are women and children suffering cancer and brain tumors, or needing organ transplants and reconstructive surgeries.

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“It is hoped these flights will enable the opening of regular medical ‘bridge’ flights for sick patients,” said aid organization the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). “There is no justification for punishing very sick civilians by blocking...
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