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11 January, 2016

Following their “civilized” allies: Saudi jets bomb health facility in northern Yemen

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Does this looks familiar to you? U.S. fighter jets struck an Afghan hospital run by Doctors Without Borders on October 3, 2015, with an air raid lasting at least 29 minutes, in the Taliban-held northern city of Kunduz. As reported, the U.S. authorities knew they were attacking a hospital facility. Similarly, their allies, the brutal regime of Saudi Arabia, a major financier of the barbarian jihadists, followed the same path.

From PressTV :

New Saudi airstrikes have struck a health center operated by charity health organization Doctors Without Borders, also known by its French abbreviation MSF, in northern Yemen, killing at least four people and wounding several others, according to local reports.

The medical facility, located in the Razeh district of Sa’ada Province, was bombed on Sunday, Yemeni media report said. The reports said that at least 15 others were also injured in the deadly airstrikes, which sent shockwaves through the neighborhood. The Paris-based medical humanitarian organization strongly denounced the strike, describing it as part of a "worrying pattern" of attacks on medical facilities.

We strongly condemn this incident that confirms a worrying pattern of attacks to essential medical services and express our strongest outrage as this will leave a very fragile population without healthcare for weeks,” Raquel Ayora, MSF director of operations, said on Sunday.

She noted that the organization constantly shares the coordinates of its facilities with those warring sides fighting in the impoverished Arab nation. “All warring parties are regularly informed of the GPS coordinates of the medical sites where MSF works,” said Ayora, adding, “There is no way that anyone with the capacity to carry out an air strike or launch a rocket would not have known” the functioning health facility. Ayora concluded by saying that civilians were bearing the brunt of the ongoing war on Yemen. “Once more it is civilians that bear the brunt of this war.

"Coincidentally", another key ally of the US empire in the Middle East, Israel, repeatedly struck medical facilities in the ongoing Gaza strip conflict. Various reports by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), show that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), had targeted medical facilities in Gaza Strip:

Access to maternal health services is increasingly limited in the face of attacks against health facilities and increased pressure on services. Overnight, there were reports of heavy shelling at Beit Hanoun hospital, and it has been reported that six out of thirteen hospitals in Gaza have now been severely damaged during this conflict.” [fa.ev/gaza-situation-report-18]

Al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir El Baleh was also reportedly shelled, killing five people, including two doctors, and wounding at least 70.” [fa.ev/gaza-situation-report-14]

Of course, we should not expect these war crimes ever be brought to an international court ...

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