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Yemen: MSF treats 34 wounded following deadly airstrike on camp for displaced people
A medical team from Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) today treated more than two dozen people injured in an airstrike at a displaced persons camp in northern Yemen.
At least 29 dead, large numbers injured
The bombardment this morning hit the Al Mazraq Camp, located in Hajja. At least 34 people wounded in the attack were brought by ambulance to the MSF-supported hospital in the town of Haradh.
A further twenty-nine people were dead on arrival, among them women and children. According to witnesses, the airstrike may have caused a larger number of wounded.
“People in Al Mazraq camp have been living in very harsh conditions since 2009, and now they have suffered the consequences of an airstrike on the camp,” said Jane-Ann McKenna Director for MSF in Ireland.
“We call all parties to spare civilians from violence, respect the neutrality of medical facilities and staff, and allow unhindered access to medical assistance for the wounded.”
Five hundred families have arrived in the last two days
Al Mazraq Camp was established in 2009, when thousands of people fled fighting between government troops and Houthi forces in Saada Governorate. Roughly 500 new families arrived in the camp over the last two days, escaping bombings in the western area of Saada.
MSF's ongoing work in Yemen
In the south of Yemen, MSF has received more than 500 patients since March 19th at its Emergency Surgical Unit in Aden, amidst clashes in Aden, Lahj and other areas in the south. In Ad-Dhale’ governate, where MSF supports the emergency wards in Al-Nasser Hospital and in Qataba, 67 wounded have been admitted since March 24th.
MSF first worked in Yemen in 1986 and has been working continuously in the country since 2007. MSF currently runs medical projects in Sana’a, Amran, Aden and Ad-Dhale’ governorates in Yemen, and provides medical aid to different parts of the country during emergencies.
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