Yemen: MSF teams in Abs hospital treat people injured in bombing

At least two people were killed in the February 20 bombing

TESTIMONY (INT): Maryam, Patient at Abs hospital - Mother and Child in Yemen

Yemen 2018 © Nuha Mohammed/MSF

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) head of mission in Yemen, Thomas Curbillon, gave the following statement after a bombing in Hajjah governorate killed at least two people and injured many more.

Following a bombing that started on the night of February 20 in Yemen’s Hajjah governorate, our team in the emergency room of Abs general hospital received a 12-year-old girl and a 50-year-old woman, both dead on arrival, and 10 wounded civilians, most of them women and children, including one pregnant woman. The bombing targeted the Al-Jar area of northern Abs district.

Since fighting escalated on the frontline near the city of Haradh earlier this month, and more recently in northern Abs district on February 17, our teams in Abs general hospital have received significant numbers of people injured in the violence.

Over recent months, fighting has escalated in Hajjah governorate and near other frontlines across Yemen, raising urgent concerns for the safety of people already affected by years of conflict and displacement.

We are deeply concerned by the terrible impact of indiscriminate attacks, including bombing and shelling civilians on both sides of the frontlines in Yemen. We call on all warring parties in Yemen to adhere to international humanitarian law and take all necessary measures to protect the lives of civilians.

Our team in Abs general hospital will continue to provide lifesaving medical care, including treating patients with war wounds and trauma injuries, as well as providing maternal and child health care and other essential services