MSF: Saudi-Led Coalition Targeted Cholera Treatment Center in Yemen's Hajjah

Elias Hubbard
June 14, 2018

A Saudi-led airstrike blasted off the roof and pulverized walls of a cholera treatment center in Yemen, but no one was hurt, according to an worldwide aid group, even as civil war has led to widespread outbreaks of the disease. "The facility had not yet received any cholera patients and was empty", said the statement on its website. The CTC is located about one kilometer from the MSF-supported Abs Rural Hospital, a 147-bed hospital that serves a population of more than 1 million people.

The attack has rendered the center "non-functional", MSF said in a statement, with photos from the scene showing that the building's roof and some of the walls were completely destroyed in the airstrike.

Global medical humanitarian organization, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), said on Monday that the Saudi-led coalition had targeted one of its cholera treatment centers in Hajjah's Abs. "MSF has temporarily frozen its activities in Abs until the safety of its staff and patients is guaranteed", Martins continued. Markings on the roof of the compound clearly identified the CTC as a healthcare facility.

"Whether intentional or a result of negligence, it is totally unacceptable", Joao Martins, the head of the Doctors Without Borders mission in Yemen, said.

A spokesperson for the Saudi-led coalition was not immediately available for comment. Since then, Yemen has remained in a stalemate with the Houthi group controlling large swathes of territory from Sana'a to Saada governorate.

MSF's renewed halt in operations comes four days after the International Committee of the Red Cross announced it had moved 71 staff members out of Yemen due to security concerns. Some 450 ICRC employees remain in Yemen, engaging in humanitarian aid work. There has been no empirical evidence to suggest that the Houthis are receiving arms via the Hudaydah port.

The conflict has killed almost 10,000 people and wounded more than 55,000, according to the World Health Organization.

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