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Amnesty International condemns latest attack to medical facilities in Yemen

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The UK based organization claims for an investigation over the airstrikes that hit a hospital in Saada province last Tuesday.

Amnesty International condemns latest attack to medical facilities in Yemen

MSF hospital remains in Saada

On October 27th a series of bombings hit the facilities of a MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières) hospital in the northern governorate of Saada. No casualties were reported but still the infrastructure of the clinic was pounded.

The medical charity claimed that they are continuously informing of their position to the Arab-led coalition through GPS coordinates, that’s why they demand on them the recognition of their liabilities in the latest attack.

The hospital was located in a territory under Houthis control and since the beginning of the offensive led by the Saudis, it used to take care of about 200 people injured in the conflicts per month.

Amnesty International, altogether with the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, criticized the attack claiming that medical personnel and facilities are under International law protection, that’s why an impartial and prompt investigation is required by both organizations.

Arab ambassador to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, claimed that the offensive led by them wasn’t even operating near the hospital facilities but about 40 kilometers from there.

Injured personnel and patients were evacuated from the hospital in between the two airstrikes.

Conflicts in Yemen have driven the country to an extremely severe humanitarian crisis not only because of the war there, but also due to the influx of refugees (more than 200000, mainly coming from Ethiopia and Somalia) that are being hosted in the poorest country of the Arab Peninsula.


Written by Lisbeth Mechter

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