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Hospital attacks on Yemen

After 18 months of conflict, Yemen is a full-blown humanitarian emergency. After a short ebb in fighting due to the peace negotiations, airstrikes and ground fighting have fully resumed, with huge consequences for the civilians. 

All armed actors involved in the conflict, including the Saudi-led Coalition and the Houthis, are conducting this war and carrying out indiscriminate attacks without any respect for civilians or civilian infrastructure such as hospitals. MSF health facilities alone were hit four times. This is a direct violation of international humanitarian law

MSF was forced to evacuate the teams from six hospitals in Northern Yemen, reducing access to quality health care for at least 200,000 people.

Abs hospital

On 27 August, 2016, MSF-supported Abs hospital in northwest Yemen was hit by an airstrike killing 19 people, including a staff member and two patients who were being transferred to Al Jamhouri hospital.The facility has treated 4,611 patients since MSF began supporting the hospital in July 2015.

Saada attacks

On 21 January, 2016, the ambulance service of MSF-supported Al Gomhoury Hospital in Saada governorate, Yemen, was hit by an airstrike, killing the driver and a health worker. The ambulance was responding to an earlier bombing in Dhayan. The death toll rose to 18 people including five people who were dead on arrival.

Shiara hospital

On 10, January, 2016, the MSF-supported Shiara hospital in northern Yemen was hit by a projectile killing six people, including three staff members and seriously injuring seven more. The hospital was serving about 120,000 people who live in the surrounding area.

Taiz field hospital

On 2 Decembre, 2016, an airstrike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition hit a clinic in southern Yemen run by MSF, wounding nine people, including two MSF staff. One of the wounded persons died of his injuries the following day.

Haydan hospital

On 26 October, 2016, airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in northern Yemen destroyed an MSF-supported hospital. One staff member was slightly injured while escaping. With the hospital destroyed, at least 200,000 people were left with no no access to lifesaving medical care

Related links:

Sept 2016 Yemen: MSF withdraws its teams from six hospitals in north Yemen

Sept 2016 MSF releases documentation of attacks on two medical facilities in Yemen

Jan 2016 Yemen: MSF demands answers after latest hospital hit

Jan 2016 Yemen: "People are scared of going to hospital"

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