Ban Ki-moon Condemns Saudi-Led Coalition Airstrikes on MSF Facilities in Yemen

Ban Ki-moon Condemns Saudi-Led Coalition Airstrikes on MSF Facilities in Yemen

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned recent airstrikes by the Saudi-led military coalition against the medical and humanitarian facilities operated by Medecins sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders, or MSF) in Yemen.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned recent airstrikes by the Saudi-led military coalition against the medical and humanitarian facilities operated by Medecins sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders, or MSF) in Yemen.

On Wednesday, at least seven people were wounded in Saudi-led attack on a non-combatant MSF facility in the southwestern Yemeni city of Taiz.

"The Secretary-General condemns the airstrikes today by the Saudi-led Coalition on a mobile health clinic run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Taiz city, Yemen… He had condemned an earlier incident on 27 October during which a hospital run by MSF in Sa’ada province was hit by airstrikes," the United Nations said in a statement Wednesday.

He pointed out that medical facilities and personnel are not military combatants and are under the protection of international and humanitarian law.

Yemen has been engulfed in a military conflict triggered by Saudi-led coalition in a bid to restore power to fugitive ex-president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

In October, an MSF hospital in the capital Sa'adah was bombed while staff and patients were inside the building. The MSF believes the coalition was responsible for the incident.



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