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.
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.