Saudi Arabia has prevented thousands of its Yemeni residents from receiving Covid-19 vaccinations, according to a rights group, putting their lives at risk of contracting the virus. SAM Organisation for Rights and Liberties, a Geneva-based NGO monitoring human rights in the Middle East, said in a statement that denying Yemeni residents’ access to vaccinations is “considered a flagrant legal violation of international rules”.
On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia lifted a travel ban that it imposed in February to 20 destinations, including the UAE, UK, France, US and Turkey, to help curb the spread of Covid-19. Only Saudi expatriate residents could now travel from these destinations on the condition that they had received two doses of the vaccine.
SAM said that it received complaints from some Yemeni residents in Saudi Arabia claiming that they were banned from receiving a second dose of the vaccinations. One of the Yemen residents told SAM that his daughters were turned away from a clinical centre after they went to receive their second jab. He said his daughters’ study at the school will be disrupted as they could not attend classes in person due to not being inoculated. “I felt a weird pain while I was watching the signs of astonishment and psychological shock on my daughters’ faces,” he said.

He added that the guards at the clinical centre at Jazan University, in the southwest of the country, told him that “Yemenis are banned even from taking the vaccine on instructions from higher authorities.”


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