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Yemen Hospital Airstrike Underlines Risk Taken by Humanitarian Workers on Ground

© REUTERS / Abduljabbar ZeyadPeople look at a crater caused by a Saudi-led coalition air strike at the yard of a hospital operated by Medecins Sans Frontieres in the Abs district of Hajja province, Yemen
People look at a crater caused by a Saudi-led coalition air strike at the yard of a hospital operated by Medecins Sans Frontieres in the Abs district of Hajja province, Yemen - Sputnik International
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The recent airstrike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition that hit a hospital in Yemen underlines the risk taken by people working on the ground in the humanitarian field, a communications coordinator for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Federation (IFRC) told Sputnik on Tuesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Monday, a Saudi-led coalition airstrike partially destroyed the hospital run by the Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders, or MSF) aid group in Hajjah, Yemen. The blast killed 14 people.

"Although we do not know the cause of this incident, it underlines the risk taken by humanitarian workers on the ground," Stephen Ryan said.

A picture taken on April 7, 2016, shows heavily damaged buildings on a street in Yemen's third city Taez as a result of clashes between Shiite Huthi rebels and fighters from the Popular Resistance Committees, loyal to Yemen's fugitive President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. - Sputnik International
Saudi-Led Coalition Airstrike on Yemeni Hospital Amounts to War Crime
Yemen has been gripped in a conflict between the government and the Houthi rebel movement since 2014 with the Saudi-led coalition of mostly Persian Gulf countries carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis at the request of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi since March 2015.

Ryan also said that there were no reports of Red Cross or Red Crescent staff or volunteers being affected by the airstrike, adding that the work of humanitarian organizations in Yemen is complicated by the lack of protection for their staff.

"Ongoing fighting and airstrikes present grave risks. The failure to ensure the protection of humanitarian workers and volunteers, adds further complexities and prevents humanitarian organizations to deliver on their full potential," IFRC communications coordinator said.

The United Nations has recorded well over 3,200 civilian deaths in the conflict, 60 percent of which it has attributed to the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes.

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