Saudi-Led Coalition Hits Doctors Without Borders Hospital

Aug 16th, 2016 | By | Category: News Posts

Yesterday, August 15, a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a hospital run by Doctors without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) in northern Yemen, killing 11 people and injuring 19. The airstrikes immediately killed 9 of the 11 people, including a Medecins Sans Frontieres staff member while two patients died while being transferred to another hospital. The hospital kept the public updated through its Twitter account.

BBC News reports that the death toll in Yemen has reached 6,400 people since 2015 and displaced 2.5 million people. Half of the death toll is made up of innocent civilians.

Doctors Without Borders hospital hit by airstrike.

Doctors Without Borders hospital hit by airstrike.

Medecins Sans Frontieres has treated more than 4,600 patients at the Abs hospital in the Hajjah providence since their staff got there in July 2015.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time a Medecins Sans Frontieres facility has been a target of violence in Yemen. Last year, air strikes hit a health center in Saada, the neighboring providence of Hajjah and one person was killed.

Two days prior to the air strikes on the hospital in Hajjah, the Saudi-led coalition also attacked a Koranic school in Saada’s Hayden district, killing 10 children, and the home of a school headmaster in the Razih district, which led to the death of his wife and four of their children.

These air strikes have been taking place since March 2015 “in support of the internationally recognized government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi,” after Houthi rebels took over parts of the country and forced the government into exile, BBC News reports. The Saudi-led coalition has made no comment on the attacks at the hospital.

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