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Houthi fighters place snipers on hospital's roof in Hodeidah

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Iran-backed Houthi fighters have been deployed at a medical center in Yemen's Hodeidah to use as a sniper position and putting lives in jeopardy, according to Amnesty International.

Amnesty warned that this is a sign that the Houthi fighters are militarizing hospitals and using civilians as human shields.

Houthi gunmen expelled hospital staff from the building on Friday and placed a team of snipers on the roof, Amnesty said. By such action, the hospital has been turned into a potential target for air strikes, in violation of international law, Amnesty added.

The incident comes a day after the UN warned that starving children in Hodeidah's al-Thawra Hospital are at “imminent risk of death.” Meanwhile, a clinic carrying life-saving medicines was destroyed by gunfire.

Samah Hadid, Amnesty International’s Middle East director of campaigns, said, “This is a stomach-churning development that could have devastating consequences for the hospital’s medical workers and dozens of civilian patients, including many children, being treated there."

“Placing gunmen on a hospital roof blurs lines which should never be blurred. Hospitals are not a target; the sick and injured have an absolute right to safe medical treatment at all times, and medical workers must be allowed to carry out their lifesaving work,” Hadid added.

 

Last Modified: Thursday، 08 November 2018 08:28 PM
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