Yemen: Ban calls for prompt investigation after Saudi-led airstrikes destroy another health clinic

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Staff inspect the Military Hospital in Sana’a after it was hit by an airstrike by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition. Photo:Almigdad Mojalli/IRIN

3 December 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the airstrikes carried out yesterday by the Saudi-led Coalition on a mobile health clinic run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Taiz city, Yemen, which injured seven people and destroyed the clinic.

“The Secretary-General underscores that medical facilities and medical personnel are explicitly protected under international humanitarian law. He calls for a prompt, effective and impartial investigation into today’s incident,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York.

Mr. Ban had condemned an earlier incident on 27 October during which a hospital run by MSF in Sa’ada province was hit by airstrikes.

“The Secretary-General reminds all parties of the utmost necessity to respect their obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law to prevent attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure,” the statement concluded.

Source: United Nations


Karl William


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