MSF suspends operations in Yemen

MSF suspends operations in Yemen

The airstrike has now rendered the CTC non-functional.

Worldwide medical humanitarian organization, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), said on Monday that the Saudi-led coalition had targeted one of its cholera treatment centers in Hajjah's Abs.

There were no casualties in the strike that hit the newly built clinic in the Abs region, which was empty at the time, said the charity, commonly known by its French initials MSF.

Still, MSF says they have to suspend their operations out of concern for the safety of their staff, and will keep their operations frozen until they get assurances that medical facilities will not be deliberately targeted.

Doctors Without Borders stressed that the cholera treatment center (CTC) was hit despite "markings on the roof of the compound clearly identifying the CTC as a healthcare facility". Whether intentional or a result of negligence, it is totally unacceptable.

Three years after the Saudi-led coalition entered the conflict, Yemen has witnessed more than 10,000 deaths according to the United Nations and civilians remain trapped in the middle of the cross fire, with dwindling supplies of basic amenities and a lack of access to sufficient water, sanitation and food. With only half of health facilities in Yemen fully functional, almost 10 million people in acute need, and an anticipated outbreak of cholera, the CTC had been built to save lives.

"No staff or patients were killed or injured".

The coalition has been launching deadly airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement since 2015 in an attempt to restore power to the fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

The majority of civilian casualties were the result of airstrikes, with the Saudi-led coalition being blamed by worldwide human rights groups for indiscriminate bombings in Yemen. The US and United Kingdom have also faced harsh criticism for selling weapons to the coalition, which are then used against civilians.

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