YEMEN Press Agency

Gunmen storm “Al-Thawra General Hospital”, killing wounded in Taiz

TAIZ, Jan. 16 (YPA) – In a phenomenon that has become familiar, gunmen belonging to the Islah party on Monday evening stormed al-Thawra hospital in Taiz city, killing one of the wounded.

Local sources in Taiz told the Yemen Press Agency(YPA) that seven gunmen arrived on board of a military pickup entered the ambulance room in the hospital and opened fire on the wounded Mohammed Saeed Naji, after being rescued the wounded, inside the emergency department of the hospital.

For its part, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on Tuesday renewed its call for “Hadi” authorities in Taiz province to fulfill their commitments and protect medical facilities and patients.

“This total disregard for the humane and medical nature of hospitals and health facilities is unacceptable,” the organization said in a series of tweets on its Twitter account.

MSF strongly condemned the recent attack on Al-Thawra Hospital and the killing of one of its patients, stressing that “the armed incursions into hospitals must be ended.”

The organization reiterated its call for all armed men to respect health facilities as humanitarian areas.

It is worth mentioning that al-Islah militants have turned hospitals in Taiz into a place to execute their opponents, without regard to the laws and the sanctity of hospitals, under the full laxity of the authorities of the “legitimacy to control the situation, and prevent the recurrence of the phenomenon of killing the wounded inside hospitals.

Human rights activists accuse the “Hadi” authorities in Taiz, which is controlled by the Islah party, of acting as a single system that protects its members in human rights violations in Taiz province on an ongoing basis.