Tuesday 19 September 2017

At least 11 dead - including MSF staff member - as air strike hits international aid hospital in northern Yemen

Credit: MSF
Credit: MSF
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

An air strike has hit a hospital which Doctors Without Borders (Medicins Sans Frontiéres) was operating in northern Yemen, killing at least 11 people and injuring at least 19.

The blast immediately killed nine people, including an MSF staff member, and two more patients died while being transferred to Al Jamhouri hospital.

Five patients currently remain hospitalised after the strike near the Houthi rebel stronghold of Saada, in the country's north.

Abs hospital, supported by MSF since July 2015, has been partially destroyed, and all the remaining patients and staff have been evacuated.

“This is the fourth attack against an MSF facility in less than 12 months. Once again, today we witness the tragic consequences of the bombing of a hospital. Once again, a fully functional hospital full of patients and MSF national and international staff members, was bombed in a war that has shown no for respect medical facilities or patients,” says Teresa Sancristóval, desk manager for the Emergency Unit in Yemen.

“People in Yemen continue to be killed and injured while seeking medical care. The violence in Yemen is having an disproportionate burden on civilians. We want to express our outrage at having to send condolences once more to the families of our staff member and 10 patients, who should have been safe inside a hospital."

Credit: MSF
Credit: MSF

The conflict in Yemen pits an internationally recognised government backed by a Saudi-led coalition against the Shiite rebels, who captured the capital, Sanaa, in September 2014.

The Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out air strikes in Yemen since March 2015.

More than 2,000 MSF staff are currently working in Yemen, including 90 international staff.

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