U.S.-backed, Saudi-led Coalition Bombed a Hospital in Yemen Supported by Doctors Without Borders
HWH Comment: Do you think the Saudis are trying to show the USA and the world who they really are, what they really do, what values drive their behavior? Does anyone continue to doubt that Saudis think that they rule the world because they rule the oil wells, and as a consequence, nobody can touch them? Anybody ever hear of the Saudi Mafia?
The bombing of hospitals, schools and bridges cannot be accepted as the cost of doing war. The world must stand united in fighting terror, but must also stand united when so-called peaceful countries cross the line into that darkness, by inflicting the same pain on the innocents as the terrorists inflict. This pattern of terror inflicted by the Saudis must not go unchallenged. A condemnation is not strong enough. To any Arab it is a slap in the air. It means nothing and has no effect.
AFTER THE U.S.-BACKED, Saudi-led coalition bombed a hospital in Yemen supported by Doctors Without Borders on Monday, the U.S. State Department offered a rare condemnation of the coalition’s violence.
“Of course we condemn the attack,” said Elizabeth Trudeau, a spokesman for the State Department.
The State Department has previously deflected questions about coalition attacks by referring reporters to the Saudi government — even though the U.S. has supplied the coalition with billions of dollars of weapons, and has refueled Saudi planes.
Trudeau also stressed that “U.S. officials regularly engage with Saudi officials” about civilian casualties — a line that spokespeople have repeated for months. Saudi Arabia has nevertheless continued to bomb civilian sites, including homes, markets, factories, and schools.
“We’ve also encouraged them to do their utmost to protect entities protected by international law, such as hospitals,” said Trudeau.
But for the Saudi coalition, bombing medical facilities has become business as usual. In October, the coalition bombed an MSF-supported hospital in Yemen’s Haydan district, destroying the only emergency medical facility serving 200,000 people. (Doctors Without Borders is also known as Médecins Sans Frontières, or MSF.) In December, airstrikes destroyed an MSF clinic in Taiz while doctors were treating the wounded from a nearby Saudi airstrike in a park. And in January, the coalition destroyed a hospital in Razeh district, killing five people — and killing an ambulance driver working for MSF later that month…