Doctors Without Borders hospital hit by rocket in Yemen

2016-01-10 16:07
(Mohammed Huwais, AFP)

(Mohammed Huwais, AFP)

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A hospital supported by the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Yemen has been hit by a rocket killing at least four people, the charity says. 

The incident on Sunday in the northern governorate of Saada near the Saudi Arabian border also left another 10 people injured, the group said.

In a series of tweets, MSF said it was the third "serious incident" in as many months affecting its facilities in the country.

"We strongly condemn this and we reiterate to all parties to the conflict that patients & medical facilities must be respected," a statement by MSF on Twitter said about the incident in the town of Razeh.

The organisation did not say who was behind the attack, but that "planes were seen flying over the facility at the time".

The area is a stronghold of Houthi rebels, who are at war with the Yemeni government and an Arab military coalition, which includes Saudi Arabia.

In October, a hospital in Saada province run by MSF was hit by what it said was a coalition air strike - a claim the coalition denied.

Speaking to Al Jazeera at the time, MSF spokesperson Hassan Boucenine said the attack "must have been deliberate", as the group had provided the coalition with the coordinates of its facility in Saada.

Humanitarian crisis

Yemen is facing a humanitarian crisis brought on by the war between the Houthis and pro-government forces.

Hospitals across the country are warning they are running low on essential equipment and are on the brink of shutting down.

The UN warned in December that food supplies in the country were depleting rapidly and that up to half of the country was facing famine.

Yemen's ongoing conflict started in March last year when Arab forces intervened to restore the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who fled when Houthi rebels took over the souther port city of Aden.

The conflict has killed almost 6,000 people so far according to the UN.

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