Medical Aid Group Pulls Out of Yemen Following Hospital Bombing

The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) announced that it is withdrawing aid and closing its hospital in northern Yemen due to what it called “indiscriminate bombings” by the Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in the country. This follows the bombing of its hospital in Abs, which killed 19 people and wounded 24 in August. It was the fourth attack on one of their medical facilities during the conflict in Yemen.

The attack on their hospital came despite MSF sharing their GPS co-ordinates with all of the parties involved in the conflict, according to the organization. Attacks on medical facilities is in violation of international law. Coalition officials had made vocal commitments to honor international humanitarian laws.

The conflict in Yemen has already killed more than 10,000 civilians and has brought the region’s poorest nation to the brink of famine. A variety of Yemeni factions are engaged in the fighting and face heavy bombing from the Saudi-led coalition’s air campaign, which is supported by a variety of nations including the United States, UK, France, and Canada.

MSF is a humanitarian-aid, non-governmental organization that operates in conflict zones and developing countries around the world. The organization was founded in 1971 and is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

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