March 20, 2018

Saudi-led air strike on Yemen hospital kills at least seven

The site of the airstrike in Abs, Yemen. Photograph: Reuters

A Saudi-led coalition airstrike has hit a hospital in northern Hajja province in Yemen, residents and local officials said, killing at least seven people and wounding 13.

A Reuters witness at the scene of the attack in the Abs district said medics could not immediately evacuate the wounded because warplanes continued to fly over the area and first responders feared more bombings.

The facility is run by aid group Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which confirmed on its official Twitter account that an airstrike had occurred but said the number of deaths and injuries remained unclear.

A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition did not respond to a request for comment.

Another air attack hit what MSF described as a school in neighbouring Saada province on Saturday, killing 10 children, but the coalition said the bombing had targeted a training facility run by Yemen’s dominant Houthi movement.

Dozens of airstrikes have hit civilians in Yemen since a coalition of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia began military operations in March 2015 to restore the president, Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, to power and roll back gains by the Iran-allied Houthis.

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