(This article is published in Salon.)
A Saudi-led, U.S.-backed coalition of Western-allied Middle Eastern countries bombed a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Yemen on Oct. 26. That is, according to the United Nations and the aid group itself. The coalition still denies that it was responsible, and Saudi Arabia’s ambassador criticized the U.N.
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) insisted Thursday in a statement that “it is beyond doubt that [the coalition] struck and destroyed a hospital.” The coalition’s denial “contradicts all facts,” the aid organization said.
“Saudi authorities are denying the evident truth of having destroyed a hospital,” remarked head of MSF emergency operations Laurent Sury. “This is an alarming sign for the Yemeni people and for those trying to assist them. How are we to draw lessons from what happened when all we face are denials? How can we continue to work without any form of commitment that civilian structures will be spared?”