A series of airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition hit a hospital in northern Yemen, run by Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières, or MSF) late Monday night, the organization says. About twelve people were in the building in Saada, and were able to evacuate in between strikes. One person was injured, and remains in stable condition.
It was a second air attack on an MSF medical facility this month, after a US strike hit a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan on Oct. 3, killing 30 people. MSF wants an international investigation of that bombing, calling it a war crime.
A spokesperson for the group told Al Jazeera that the Yemen attack “must have been deliberate,” because MSF updated the coalition with the clinic’s coordinates as recently as two weeks ago.
The Saudi-led coalition has bombed health facilities and other civilian targets during its seven-month long air campaign against Iran-backed Houthi rebels, but Monday’s strike marks the first on an MSF hospital. The country’s civil war has killed 5,600 people, and caused a massive humanitarian crisis.