MSF: Hospitals in Taiz Register Rise in Civilian Casualties

Written by NY Staff

Doctors Without Borders (MSF)-supported hospitals in the war-torn Yemeni city of Taiz have registered a many-fold increase in numbers of wounded civilians admitted for treatment, MSF said Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Fighting between forces loyal to the Saudi-backed government of Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Ansar Allah movement’s Houthi rebels has intensified over recent days. Airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led Arab coalition caused the evacuation of MSF staff from six hospitals in the north of the country on Thursday after an airstrike partially destroyed an MSF-supported hospital in the Hajjah governorate killing at least 19 people on Tuesday.

Yemen has been engulfed in a military conflict between the government and the Houthi opposition movement, who are supported by army units loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, since March 2015. The Arab coalition has been providing government troops with air support since March 2015. The coalition has been accused by the United Nations and humanitarian organizations of indiscriminately bombing civilians and killing hundreds of children.

Over 3,700 civilians have been killed and over 6,500 have been injured as a result of the conflict, according to the United Nations.