Yemen air strikes destroy MSF Hospital

Yemen air strikes destroy MSF Hospital

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Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says one of its hospitals in northern Yemen has been destroyed by several air strikes.
The first, which occurred around 22:30 (19:30 GMT) on Monday, hit part of the facility in Saada province that was not being used, according to the charity.
All staff and patients had been evacuated by the time the second strike hit about 10 minutes later.However, the Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen’s Houthi rebel movement denied that it had bombed the hospital.
Asked by the Reuters news agency if he knew what had caused the blasts, spokesman Brig-Gen Ahmed al-Asiri said: “We cannot tell without investigation.”
Gen Asiri has previously said the coalition has destroyed every fighter jet in Yemen.
The conflict in Yemen has left more than 5,600 people dead, including 2,615 civilians, since the coalition air campaign began in late March.
About two-thirds of the civilian deaths were caused by coalition air strikes, and the rest by the rebels and their allies, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Tuesday.
‘War crime’
More than 15,000 people wounded in air strikes and fighting on the ground have been treated in MSF-supported hospitals in the past seven months.
The charity’s hospital in Saada’s Haydan district served 200,000 people and was the only life-saving facility in the region, receiving 150 emergency cases a week.
An MSF statement said that all staff on duty and two in-patients managed to escape between the first and second air strikes on Monday night.
The facility’s director was slightly injured during the evacuation. – BBC News

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