MSF says Yemen hospital hit by Saudi-led air strikes

Doctors Without Borders says their hospital in Yemen hit by Saudi-led air strikes

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A man donates blood for victims of Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen's capital Sanaa October 18, 2015

Medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has said on Tuesday that Saudi-led air strikes hit a Yemeni hospital run by the aid group.

The organization said “MSF facility in Saada Yemen was hit by several airstrikes last night with patients and staff inside the facility," in a tweet on Tuesday.

Heedan hospital director Doctor Ali Mughli told Yemen’s state news agency Saba that air strikes have wounded several people.

"The air raids resulted in the destruction of the entire hospital with all that was inside - devices and medical supplies,” Mughli said.

The state news agency said the Saudi-led airstrikes also hit several civilian homes and a nearby school for girls.

Saudi coalition spokesman was not immediately available for comment on the MSF report.

Another hospital run by MSF was hit by an US air strike in early October in Kunduz, Afghanistan. At least 30 were killed during the attack.

Yemen has been embroiled in a conflict since last year between the government and the Iranian-backed Houthi militias, who abolished the parliament early this year and forced the president out of the country.

A coalition led by Saudi Arabia began its air campaign 7 months ago against the Iran-backed Houthis in order to place President Abd Rabbuh Hadi back into power after he fled to neighbouring Saudi Arabia and asked for help.

The coalition also runs training programmes and drops weapons for Yemeni fighters loyal to Hadi and has previously denied that coalition air strikes have killed Yemeni civilians. 

Yet, the air campaign of Saudi-led coalition in Yemen have been condemned many times by human rights organizations.

UN said in early October that more than 500 children have been killed and 702 injured in Yemen since march when the Saudi led coalition began intervening in the conflict targeting the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

Amnesty International has also said that Yemeni homes were attacked despite there being no evidence that they were being used for military purposes in the report titled as “Bombs fall from the sky day and night- Civilians under fire in Northern Yemen”. 

TRTWorld and agencies