U.S.-backed coalition bombs Doctors Without Borders center in Yemen
On Monday morning, a center for the treatment of cholera in Abs (Yemen) was bombed by the coalition of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, an alliance…
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More deplorable evidence of the American interference in the Middle East was unveiled on Monday after the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders denounced through social media the destruction of one of its centers of assistance in Abs (Yemen).
After a state of emergency was declared in the Arab country - the poorest in the region – due to an uncontrolled outbreak of cholera, the organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF, by its initials in French) established an assistance center in the northwestern area of the country, which has been one of the regions most heavily bombarded by Saudi Arabia in the last three years, explained Mint Press News.
Despite being identified on the building's roof as a medical assistance center, the bombings of the coalition supported by the United States and Great Britain did not hesitate to attack the MSF facilities which, according to its official statement, has been "destroyed and is now completely non-functional.”
"This morning´s attack on an @MSF cholera treatment centre in Abs by the Saudi and Emirati-led coalition shows complete disrespect for medical facilities and patients. Whether intentional or a result of negligence, it is totally unacceptable." pic.twitter.com/1PUEQXSmvE— MSF Yemen (@msf_yemen) 11 de junio de 2018
The director of the MSF mission in Yemen, João Martins, said that the bombing "shows complete disrespect for medical facilities and patients. Whether intentional or a result of negligence, it is totally unacceptable," he said. "The compound was clearly marked as a health facility and its coordinates were shared with the SELC (Saudi and Emirati-led coalition)."
While there were no civilian casualties on this occasion, Saudi Arabia has a tradition of bombing "numerous hospitals and medical facilities in Yemen run by MSF," the Mint Press report continues, "killing even dozens of civilians."
The offensive against the Arab country has been uninterrupted since 2015 with the firm intention of displacing the rebel group Houthi (also known as Ansar Allah) of a Shiite religious majority, as a direct result of the coup suffered in 2014.
The foreign intervention initiated in 2015 has claimed the lives of thousands of innocent civilians, something denounced by Amnesty International since then as "war crimes," and has plunged Yemen into deep poverty.
What few know is that, despite the fact that the coalition is formally identified as Saudi and Emirati, its strength has been guaranteed by the assistance of the United States and the United Kingdom, who have donated hundreds of millions of dollars in arms deals, air military assistance and even with support in the field.
U.S. assistance has been maintained since the beginning of the conflict during the Obama administration through air infrastructure, and became even more definitive after Donald Trump's first trip as president in May 2017 when he visited Saudi Arabia before any other country to sign a political agreement with King Salman against Iran's Shia forces, which reached $1 billion in weapons.
This is, sadly, one of the few things that both administrations have in common.