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SANAA, Yemen, Yemen's National Blood Transfusion Centre, sent an urgent appeal for immediate help, as it may be forced to close down, due to a lack of money, head of the state-run centre, said.

"The centre issued an urgent appeal through the state media outlets, urging all international humanitarian agencies, charities, businessmen, anyone who is interested to provide help, to keep the centre operating," Ayman al-Shahari, said.

He added that the closure of the centre would be "a big disaster" for the country.

The crisis hit the centre when the French medical charity, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), decided to stop their aid and support, said al-Shahari.

MSF has informed the centre that, it had handed over the aid to the World Health Organisation (WHO), to help combat the spread of the cholera epidemic, he said.

"The centre has been working hard, since the war erupted more than two years ago until now, to provide patients with blood bags, medical solutions and other medical needs," he said.

"But now the centre suffers from a full shortage of supplies to meet the increasing daily needs," he added.

According to UN agencies, more than 10,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed, during more than two years of the war that also displaced over three million people.


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