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Expired Chemo Drugs Kill 10 Yemeni Children in Houthi Rebel-Held City: Report

A dispensing chemist prepares drugs for a chemotherapy treatment in a sterile room at Antoine-Lacassagne Cancer Centre in Nice October 18, 2012. (Reuters/Eric Gaillard)
A dispensing chemist prepares drugs for a chemotherapy treatment in a sterile room at Antoine-Lacassagne Cancer Centre in Nice October 18, 2012. (Reuters/Eric Gaillard)

Houthi health officials in Yemen on Friday announced that expired doses of a cancer treatment found their way to leukemia patients and killed 10 children in the capital. 

The officials said that around 50 children had received an expired dose of chemotherapy treatment Methotrexate that had originated in India. The children ranged in age from three to 15 years old and died at Sanaa’s Kuwait Hospital after being injected with the drug, which had been smuggled into the capital. 

The family of one child said their son felt pains and cramps after receiving the treatment, then died five days later. 

“The worst thing was that the hospital administration tried to hide the truth from us,” said the boy’s father, who asked not to be named for his and his family’s safety.

The capital currently remains in Houthi control, with Iranian-backed Houthi forces taking command of the area in 2014 as part of a major offensive. Iran continues to back the Houthis – a major sticking point for critics of the U.S.-led efforts to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran nuclear deal. 

“This underscores the hypocrisy of the regime in Tehran, who receives billions of dollars that it puts back into its various terror projects around the world and into growing its nuclear weapons program with additional centrifuges and enrichment of uranium but has never had any regard for human rights or providing proper medical treatment and medicine,” Lisa Daftari, a Middle East expert and the editor-in-chief of The Foreign Desk, told Fox News Digital. 

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