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Saudis Demand Talks Over MSF’s Withdrawal

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 August 16, 2016. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad
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 August 16, 2016. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad
Written by NY Staff

SAUDI officials demanded a meeting with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) yesterday over the international humanitarian charity’s decision to withdraw from six hospitals in northern Yemen.

MSF announced on Thursday that it would pull out because of the Saudi-led invasion coalition’s “indiscriminate bombings and unreliable reassurances” following Monday’s air strike on Abs hospital in Hajjah, which killed 19 people and injured 24 in what was just the latest of a string of coalition bombings of MSF facilities.

“We very much regret MSF’s decision to evacuate staff from six hospitals in northern Yemen,” the coalition said in a statement, seeking to shift responsibility onto the charity.

Meanwhile, Yemeni troops attacked the southern Saudi city of Najran again, firing more than 20 rockets at the army base there.
Yemen’s army and allied Houthi militias have turned the tables on Saudi Arabia, invading two of its southern provinces as the Gulf kingdom’s year-long military onslaught against their country drags on.