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Saudi Bombing of Doctors Without Borders

NBC News reports: “Doctors Without Borders said a hospital it runs in Yemen was destroyed by Saudi airstrikes — the second attack this month on the medical charity.

“The aid group — also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) — said ‘several’ airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition struck its facility in Saada Province beginning at around 10:30 p.m. Monday.”

SHEILA CARAPICO, scarapic at richmond.edu, @SCarapico
    Carapico is a professor of political science and international studies at the University of Richmond in Virginia. In the spring, she wrote the piece “A Call to Resist Saudi (and U.S.) Aggression in Yemen,” She recently appeared on “WBEZ’s Worldview program,” “Saudi Arabia escalates attacks in Yemen.”

SAIF AL-OLIBY, saifaloliby at gmail.com, @saifoliby
Al-Oliby, is a journalist and translator at the Yemen Observer and a freelance journalist and fixer based in Sana’a.

He said today: “During my trip with Matthieu [Aikins of Rolling Stone] to Sa’adah, we were hosted at the Ghomhori hospital and we were told that it was the only safe place to stay in and that we would not be struck because of the presence of the MSF team.” See Aikins’ piece “Yemen’s Hidden War.”

Al-Oliby continued: “I have personally been in touch with the MSF International Communication Officer in Yemen Malak Shaher who confirmed yesterday that they share the right GPS coordinates of the places MSF is found with the operations room of the Saudi-led coalition every week.

“She said literally, ‘MSF confirms the right GPS coordinates of Haydan hospital were shared with the coalition forces. There are sent every week to the coalition operations room, last time the 24th of October. Haydan hospital was destroyed by airstrikes of the Saudi-led coalition on October 26.’

“Regarding the health system, it is literally devastated everywhere in Yemen due to the ongoing conflict and to the sea, air and land blockades imposed by the coalition forces and the siege imposed by warring parties in many of the conflict areas which forced a large number of hospitals to shut down.

“Fuel shortages and lack of medical supplies are part of the reasons behind hospitals closures. Many of the still-operating hospitals do only provide emergency aid. Some other hospitals are not able to receive any patients other than the war wounded.”