2nd Doctors Without Borders hospital hit in a month: Doctors Without Borders Yemen

Published: October 27, 2015

2nd Doctors Without Borders hospital hit in a month: Doctors Without Borders Yemen, – A health center in northern Yemen run by Doctors Without Borders was bombed at least twice overnight by warplanes belonging to the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia, forcing the evacuation of staff members and critically wounded patients, the group said on Tuesday.

The Saudi-led coalition, which is fighting Houthi rebels, has bombed several health facilities during the seven-month war, but the airstrikes appeared to be the first time coalition warplanes had directly struck a clinic run by Doctors Without Borders.

Hassan Boucenine, the group’s head of mission in Yemen, said that the health center was hit by at least two airstrikes around 11 p.m. Monday, and that it had “collapsed.” Doctors Without Borders is one of the few international organizations operating extensively throughout Yemen.

About 12 patients and staff members were in the center at the time, and they were able to evacuate in the lull between the two airstrikes. One patient received burns and scratches, and another was in critical condition because of the hurried evacuation, Mr. Boucenine said.

Doctors Without Borders had supplied the health center’s coordinates to the coalition about six months ago and reconfirmed them every month, Mr. Boucenine said.

The health center, in the Haydan district along the border with Saudi Arabia, was one of the few medical facilities still operating in the northern province of Saada, a Houthi stronghold that has been heavily bombed by the coalition.

This month, an American airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan killed at least 23 people. The group has called for an international inquiry into that attack under the Geneva Conventions.


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