|Razeh, Yemen © Khaled Abdullah Ali Al Mahdi / Reuters|
The facility, which was hit by a rocket on Sunday, is in Razeh in the north of the country. In a statement on Twitter, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) say they, "strongly condemn this and we reiterate to all parties to the conflict that patients & medical facilities must be respected."
|Saudi attack with prohibited weapons last June|
“All the warring parties, including the Saudi-led coalition, are regularly informed of the GPS coordinates of the medical sites where MSF works and we are in constant dialogue with them to ensure that they understand the severity of the humanitarian consequences of the conflict and the need to respect the provision of medical services,” said Raquel Ayora, MSF’s Director of Operations.
MSF pointed out on their Twitter feed that this is the third severe incident the organization has had to deal with in the last three months.
“Our teams struggle on a daily basis to ensure the respect of health facilities,” the group stated.
In October 2015, MSF said a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a Yemeni hospital with patients and staff inside.
Laurent Sury, MSF’s emergency coordinator said the medical facility was targeted six times by airstrikes, even though coalition forces had coordinates of the hospital.
The hospital was completely destroyed, and several people were injured.
The Saudi-led coalition launched its anti-Houthi campaign in March 2015, after the anti-government rebels started capturing large parts of Yemen, including the capital Saana, and the country’s second-largest city, the port of Aden.
The organization says more than 21 million people in Yemen need help, or about 80 percent of the population. More than 5,800 people have been killed in Yemen since March, about half of them civilians, according to the UN, as cited by AFP.