MSF in Yemen: Saudi airstrike on hospital ‘unjustified, unprovoked’

Published September 28th, 2016 - 04:00 GMT
Workers clear rubble from the destroyed MSF hospital in Yemen on August 18. (AFP/File)
Workers clear rubble from the destroyed MSF hospital in Yemen on August 18. (AFP/File)

Doctors Without Borders says its investigation into a deadly Saudi air raid on a hospital in Yemen’s northwestern province of Hajjah has found that the attack was unjust and violated International Humanitarian Law.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the international medical charity, known by its French acronym as the MSF, denounced the attack as "unjustified and unprovoked,” calling for measures “to ensure the safety of medical personnel, patients, assets and infrastructure” in the Saudi offensive.

On August 15, at least 19 people were killed and 24 others sustained injuries after a Saudi aerial assault hit an MSF hospital in Hajjah’s Abs district.

It was the fifth and deadliest attack on an MSF-supported facility in conflict-ridden Yemen.

Elsewhere in its statement, the MSF said a Saudi plane "launched a projectile at Abs hospital without previous warning or communication with the MSF mission.”

According to the probe findings and an unidentified Saudi general, the strike targeted a "civilian vehicle" that drove into the hospital compound some five minutes before the raid, the charity added.

The attack caused a powerful blast, the MSF further said, adding, "Thirteen of the deaths were due to severe shrapnel injuries, two people burned to death inside the car, one of which was a child, and partial remains were found of the remaining four casualties.”

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the original. 

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