Siamese twins die in Sanaa after calls to move them out of the country

Siamese twins die in Sanaa after calls to move them out of the country

Two newly-born Siamese twins died Saturday evening in the capital Sana'a, after calls to relocate them outside Yemen due to lack of medical capacity to treat them, the al-Houthi group said.

The Ministry of Health of the group's government (not recognized) announced the death of the twins, accusing the Saudi-led coalition of being responsible for their deaths because it "refused to open Sanaa Airport to get the two children out for treatment abroad," the Houthis agency Saba said.

A health official in Sanaa on Wednesday called for the transfer of the Siamese twins Abdul Khaliq and Abdul Rahim, who were born about two weeks ago.

"We wish to transfer these two children as soon as possible to save their lives," said Faisal Al-Babely, head of the Children's Department at the al-Thawra hospital in Sanaa.

The doctor explained that the health sector in Yemen collapsed because of the war, and the twins could not be separated due to shortages of medical equipment and crews.

The twins have two heads, two spines, and two hearts, but they share both the penis and the feet, he said.

An expert Saudi medical team announced Wednesday evening that it was ready to take over the case of the Yemeni twins.

The Houthis are demanding the reopening of the airport to civil aviation, a key point during the peace talks in Sweden in December 2018.


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