Amnesty: Saudi Attack On Yemen MSF Hospital Is War Crime
Saudi-led coalitions airstrike attacked the MSF hospital in Yemen’s Sa’ada on October 26, 2015.
Amnesty International has criticized Saudi Arabia over a recent airstrike on an MSF hospital in Yemen, saying the attack could amount to a war crime.
Amnesty said on Tuesday that the October 26 attack by Saudi fighter jets on Haydan Hospital in northern Yemen could amount to a war crime as it provided health services to people in four northern Yemeni provinces.
“The attack on Haydan Hospital appears to have been an unlawful attack causing harm to civilians and civilian objects. The consecutive airstrikes show deliberate targeting of the medical facility – this is another sad day for civilians,” said Philip Luther, the director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.
A statement on Amnesty’s website cited accounts by staff of Doctors Without Borders, or the MSF, which was in charge of the facility, saying that Saudi warplanes attacked the hospital at least five times.
The Amnesty statement also called for an urgent, independent and thorough investigation into the incident and similar attacks on health facilities in Yemen.
“There must be an independent investigation into why hospitals and their patients are being targeted, rather than protected, as international humanitarian law requires,” said Luther.