MSF hospital in Yemen partially destroyed in air strike

In southwestern city of Mocha. 'Only luck there were no victims'

07 November, 17:49

    A hospital managed by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Mocha, in southwestern Yemen, was partially destroyed on Wednesday during an air strike A hospital managed by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Mocha, in southwestern Yemen, was partially destroyed on Wednesday during an air strike

    ROME - A hospital managed by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Mocha, in southwestern Yemen, was partially destroyed on Wednesday during an air strike that hit surrounding buildings, including a military warehouse, MSF said in a statement.

    At the time of the attack, around 30 patients and 35 staff were present in the hospital. Fortunately, no casualties were reported among them and everyone was rapidly evacuated, MSF said. The majority of stable patients were able to leave the area on their own, while some critical patients, including two newborn babies, were transferred by MSF teams to another hospital in Mocha.

    The MSF hospital was severely damaged by the explosions and the fire that followed the aerial attack.

    The hospital's pharmacy was burnt and office buildings were destroyed, while damage has yet to be assessed on some technical buildings, including that housing the power generator. Medical activities in the hospital are currently suspended and a part of the medical team will be relocated to Aden. Given the risk of unexploded devices on the site, demining will be needed before any activity can restart.

    The location of the hospital had previously been communicated to all warring parties and authorities, and was well-known by all warring parties in the area since the time the hospital opened in August 2018.

    MSF once again reminds that all parties to the conflict must proactively take all necessary measures to spare medical facilities.

    "It was only luck that no patients or staff were harmed in this attack; it could have been carnage," said Caroline Seguin, manager of MSF programmes in Yemen. "As the hospital is currently out of action, the people in the area are now without much-needed, often lifesaving, medical care."

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