Sunday 24 September 2017

Founder of Yemen's Red Crescent dies in Sanaa hospital

Yemen has been crippled by civil war for two years
Yemen has been crippled by civil war for two years

The founder of Yemen's Red Crescent has died in the war-torn country's capital due to deteriorating health.

Abdullah al-Khamessi, who was in his 70s, died in Ibn Sinaa hospital in Sanaa on Friday, said p hysician Mohammed al-Kaattaa.

Mr al-Kaattaa said Mr al-Khamessi's family had tried to deliver stents - a medical device used to treat narrow or clogged arteries - but the closure of Sanaa airport for more than a year hindered the process.

However, the medic said Mr al-Khamessi's age and deteriorating health were the primary reasons for his death.

A Saudi-led coalition backing an internationally-recognised government had imposed a blockade on the country, which has been crippled by civil war for two years.

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