Conjoined twins died while trapped in a blockaded city in Yemen as doctors desperately battled to transfer them to a better equipped hospital.
Abd al-Khaleq and Abd al-Rahim were born in the capital city of Sanaa around two weeks ago and shared a kidney and a pair of legs, but had separate heads, hearts and lungs.
Doctors warned the babies needed to be transferred abroad in order to be separated, saying they would not survive in the country’s war-ravaged health care system.
But despite their pleas to airlift the babies to safety, Sanaa airport, which has been closed to civilian flights since 2015, remained shut and the babies died on Saturday.
Civilian flights were stopped four years ago due to the country’s Saudi-led coalition government taking control over Yemen airspace.
Currently, only UN planes are landing at the airport to deliver aid.
Heartbreaking photos show the tiny twins in an incubator, being cared for at the child intensive care unit of al-Thawra hospital in Sanaa.
But doctors there said they were not equipped enough to treat the infants and could not even carry out an MRI scan.
The twin boys’ grandfather Ali al-Bahshani was pictured carrying their tiny shared body from a mosque where their funeral was held in Sanaa.
A Saudi organisation called The King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Works had been looking at ways to get the twin boys out of the country for treatment.
The health ministry said the deaths reflect the health and humanitarian situation Yemen’s children are living through as a result of the war.
The Yemen conflict between the Iran-aligned Houthi movement and the current Saudi-backed coalition government has killed tens of thousands of people, collapsed the economy and brought millions of people to the brink of famine.