SAADA GOVERNATE – At around 16h00 local time yesterday afternoon, 21 January, the ambulance service of the MSF-supported Al Gomhoury Hospital, was hit by an airstrike, killing one Ministry of Health (MOH) staff member in  the town of Dhayan. Scores of others were wounded in airstrikes in Dhayan, Baqim and Al Jawf, among whom at least five have died.

The incidents took place about 20 kilometres from the city of Saada and not far from the MSF-supported Shiara hospital, which was hit with a projectile on 10 January
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The ambulance was hit as it arrived at the site of an earlier bombing. When people gathered to assist the victims, the same site was hit a second time. The driver and the ambulance were then hit in a third strike.

The total number of wounded and killed is still uncertain. MSF has received 40 casualties from these attacks and six patients have sadly died.

Ministry of Health and MSF teams are working at full capacity in the Al Gomhoury hospital.

“This latest loss of a colleague is devastating, and it demonstrates the ruthlessness with which healthcare is coming under attack in Yemen. People there are being subjected to this kind of violence on a daily basis. No one, not even healthcare workers, are being spared,” says Teresa Sancristoval, Emergency Coordinator at MSF.  

In total MSF has received 40 casualties from these attacks and six patients have sadly died.

Ministry of Health and MSF teams are working at full capacity in the Al Gomhoury hospital.

“This latest loss of a colleague is devastating, and it demonstrates the ruthlessness with which healthcare is coming under attack in Yemen. People there are being subjected to this kind of violence on a daily basis. No one, not even healthcare workers, are being spared,” says Teresa Sancristoval, Emergency Coordinator at MSF.  

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