11 dead in coalition airstrike on rural hospital in Yemen

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An infant in an incubator at Al-Sabeen Hospital in Sana'a. Intensive fighting and bombing has caused frequent power cuts, shortage of medicines and fuel paralyzing hospitals across Yemen. Photo: UNICEF/Magd Farid

A reported coalition airstrike on a rural hospital in northern Yemen has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

It's the third facility supported by the international medical humanitarian organization, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to get hit.

Parties to the conflict in Yemen have damaged or destroyed over 70 health centres.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

Eleven people have died and 19 others were injured in an attack on the MSF-supported Abs Hospital in Yemen's Hajjah, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

An MSF staff member is among the dead.

The airstrike partially destroyed the hospital while remaining patients and staff have been evacuated.

Ban Ki-moon said he was "deeply disturbed" by the intensification of airstrikes and continuing ground fighting and shelling especially in populated areas.

He was even more concerned about the shrinking humanitarian space and limited access to essential services for the people of Yemen, a situation made worse by the return to full-scale hostilities.

He called on the parties to the conflict to immediately implement the ceasefire and renew the peace talks that were suspended in July. 

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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