Feras Hasan, a 10-year-old who is being diagnosed with leukemia, and his father Ali, wait in front of a clinic in Taiz.
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Taiz, one of the worst battlegrounds, has seen another level of misery: The city of around 400,000 is home to Yemen's largest cancer hospital, the Amal Hospital, and the war has doomed hundreds of its patients to death because they are unable to get treatment.Last summer, the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, stormed the facility.More than 640 cancer patients being treated at the hospital died in 2015, triple the number of deaths the year before, Amal's chief Mokhtar Said Ahmad said.The yearlong conflict in Yemen has left more than 9,000 people dead and 27,000 wounded and has driven 2.4 million people – nearly 10 percent of the population from their homes. Ahmad, the head of Amal, said the plight of cancer patients is only getting worse.Those who survived so far struggle to get back to Amal's new facility.Feras' condition deteriorated in the meantime and now's back to square one. His doctors fear the cancer has spread. At the Amal facility, corridors are filled by patients waiting to get treatment because bedspace is now so limited.
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