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Saudi-led Coalition Airstrike hits Hospital in Yemen, kills at least 11 and wounds 19

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the airstrike and said the warring sides in Yemen have damaged or destroyed more than 70 health centers in their two-year conflict

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Airstrike in Yemen. Image source: VOA
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  • The bombing targeted a training facility run by Iran-backed Shi’ite Houthi rebels battling the Hadi government
  • The U.N. chief earlier condemned a separate airstrike that killed at least 19 people at a school in a residential area near the Saudi border on August 13
  • Rights groups have blamed both sides in the conflict of abuses, particularly in failing to protect civilians. U.N.-led peace efforts have failed to end the fighting

YEMEN, August 16, 2016: In Yemen’s northern Hajja province, a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a hospital on Monday that killed at least 11 people and wounded 19 others.

The international aid group Doctors Without Borders, known by its French acronym MSF, said the strike was the fourth time in less than a year that one of its facilities has been attacked.

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“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 respect for medical facilities or patients,” said Teresa Sancristoval, the group’s emergency program manager for Yemen.

Ban Ki-moon. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the airstrike and said the warring sides in Yemen have damaged or destroyed more than 70 health centers in their two-year conflict.

“The shrinking humanitarian space and limited access to essential services for Yemenis, a situation exacerbated by the return to full-scale hostilities, is a matter of ever greater concern,” Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.

The U.N. chief earlier condemned a separate airstrike that killed at least 19 people at a school in a residential area near the Saudi border on Saturday.

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A spokesman for the Saudi coalition backing Yemen’s internationally recognized President Abu Rabu Mansour Hadi said that bombing targeted a training facility run by Iran-backed Shi’ite Houthi rebels battling the Hadi government.

Rights groups have blamed both sides in the conflict of abuses, particularly in failing to protect civilians. U.N.-led peace efforts have failed to end the fighting. (VOA)

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Delhi Medical Council questions Max hospital’s registration

The notice was issued on December 20 -- the day the hospital resumed its services, soon after its registration was cancelled by the Delhi government and was barred from admitting new patients.

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Max hospital is in question due to its unethical practices
Max hospital is in question due to its unethical practices

In a new development that could spell fresh trouble for the Shalimar Bagh-located Max Hospital, the Delhi Medical Council (DMC) has issued a notice to the hospital seeking details of its qualification and details of the Delhi Nursing Council registration.

The notice was issued on December 20 — the day the hospital resumed its services, soon after its registration was cancelled by the Delhi government and was barred from admitting new patients.

The Delhi government’s action had come after a 22-week-old premature baby was declared dead at the hospital, even though he was alive, and handed over to his parents in a plastic bag, along with his still-born twin.

“Based on the medical reports that a newborn baby was declared dead along with his still-born twin and handed over to his parents at Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh. In this regard, the DMC has taken suo motu notice of the media reports, alleging medical negligence on the part of doctors of the hospital, and (the case) is being examined by DMC,” reads the notice.

The Council has also directed the hospital to submit a statement of defence, together with any other documents in support of their defence, within 15 days.

“You are directed to submit a copy of your qualification and Delhi Nursing Council registration details,” the notice said.

Girish Tyagi, the DMC Secretary, said the notice issued “is of concern to all the doctors in the hospital related to the case”, and the Council had sought their individual replies.

“We want to check the role of every doctor involved in the case, including the gynaecologist when the baby was delivered. We want to know what exactly happened,” Tyagi told IANS. IANS