Yemen: MSF Receives 30 Wounded after Airstrikes on Huth

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SANA'A, YEMEN—The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) treated 30 people who were wounded last night in airstrikes in Huth district.

The wounded were treated at Al-Salam Hospital, which MSF runs in collaboration with the Ministry of Health in the town of Khamer, Amran governorate, 35 kilometers [about 22 miles] from the town of Huth. The hospital received 30 wounded patients from about 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. local time yesterday, following airstrikes which hit locations in Huth district. One strike hit a petrol station just 500 meters from Huth Health Center, which MSF also supports.

The wounded mainly suffered burns and injuries suggestive of blasts and shrapnel. One patient was dead on arrival. Among the wounded was a family of seven—one man, three women, and three children.

"We are concerned about the dangers faced by civilians in the current conflict, and call upon all parties to respect the safety of civilians," said Marie-Elisabeth Ingres, head of mission for MSF in Yemen.

In the southern city of Aden, where MSF runs an Emergency Surgical Unit, an explosion took place near the MSF facility today, causing minor damage to the building and putting the staff and patients at risk.

"We also call on all parties to respect the neutrality of hospitals and medical staff, and to ensure that hospitals and other civilian structures are spared," Ingres said.

MSF is currently working in Sana’a, Aden, Ad-Dhale, Amran and Hajjah governorates in Yemen, and has treated more than 850 war-wounded patients in the country since March 19.