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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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  • 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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Pakistan Exploits Situation In Jammu & Kashmir: India

India has accused Pakistan of cynically exploiting the situation in Jammu and Kashmir at the General Assembly

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Pakistan Exploits Situation In Jammu & Kashmir: India
Pakistan Exploits Situation In Jammu & Kashmir: India. flickr

India has accused Pakistan of cynically exploiting the situation in Jammu and Kashmir at the General Assembly while it was discussing an important issue.

“Such cynical attempts have failed in the past and do not find any resonance in this body,” Sandeep Kumar Bayyapu, a First Secretary in India’s UN Mission, said on Monday.

He was replying to a reference to Kashmir made by Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi during a debate on the Right to Protect People against crimes against humanity.

“While we are having this serious debate for the first time in a decade on an issue that is of importance to all of us, we have witnessed that one delegation has, yet again, misused this platform to make an unwarranted reference to the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir,” Bayyapu said.

“I would like to place on record and reiterate that the state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral and inalienable part of India. No amount of empty rhetoric from Pakistan will change this reality,” he added.

Lodhi had said that many of the victims of killings and “mass-blinding” are “in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir” and that they “have the further indignity of living under an illegal and alien occupation”.

Pakistan's Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi
Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi. flickr

“Against this backdrop, calls for accountability would invariably smack of double standards and selectivity, especially when egregious crimes including killings and mass-blinding are being committed in full view of the international community,” she said.

However, Lodhi also said: “At its core, the responsibility to protect, is not a license to intervene in external situations, but, is instead, a universal principle of ‘non-indifference’, in keeping with historical context and cultural norms of respective settings.”

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“We should also be mindful that the notion of ‘Responsibility to Protect’ does not become a mere re-enactment of the discredited ‘humanitarian interventions’ of the past,” she added. (IANS)