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
  • 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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