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    At Least 9 Wounded in Saudi Airstrike on MSF Clinic in Southern Yemen

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    Medecins sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders, or MSF) confirmed on Thursday that nine people had been wounded in a Saudi-led attack on a non-combatant MSF facility in the southwestern Yemeni city of Taiz.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, the Saudi-led coalition conducted airstrikes near the MSF clinic in Yemen. According to preliminary reports, seven people were wounded.

    "On 2 December, three airstrikes targeted a park in Taiz city’s Al Houban district, 2 km from MSF’s clinic. The MSF team immediately evacuated the clinic and informed the Saudi-led coalition that their jet planes were mounting an attack nearby. The clinic itself came under attack. The wounded, two of them with critical injuries, were transferred to Al Qaidah and Al Resalah hospitals," the organization said in a statement on its website.

    The MSF supports both hospitals in treating the wounded, as well as Yemeni medical staff in providing emergency treatment, according to the statement.

    In October, a US gunship shelled an MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing at least 22 medical staff and patients. Another 24 people are still missing and believed to be dead. The Pentagon concluded that the attack was primarily caused by human error.

    Yemen has been engulfed in a military conflict between the government and Shiite Houthi rebels, the country’s main opposition faction which forced the Yemeni government to resign in January. The Houthis are supported by army units loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

    In late March, the Saudi Arabia-led coalition of Arab states began an aerial operation against Houthis in Yemen at the request by displaced President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi. The air campaign was officially declared over in April but the airstrikes have continued.

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