Amnesty accuses Houthi militia of ‘militarizing’ hospital in Yemen
Sayeed Muhammad of DOT : Rights group Amnesty International has accused Houthi militia of “deliberate militarization of hospitals” in the battleground city of Hodeida and called on warring parties to protect civilians. The Houthi militia recently stationed fighters on the roof of a hospital in the May 22 district of the Red Sea port city, calling the action a “stomach-churning development”, the human rights group said yesterday.
It also kept on saying the move risked “devastating consequences” for the hospital’s staff and patients, reports Arab News.
The presence of Houthi fighters on the hospital’s roof violates international humanitarian law, according to Samah Hadid, Amnesty’s Middle East campaigns director Samah Hadid.
A medical source on Wednesday said the militia had forced medical staff out of the May 22 Hospital — one of Hodeida’s main medical facilities – and posted snipers on the roof.
Pro-government forces pressed closer to the heart of Hodeida, whose port serves as the entry point for nearly 80% of commercial imports and nearly all UN-supervised humanitarian aid.
Aid groups have appealed to both the rebels and the coalition to allow civilians to escape the city which is home to around 600,000 people.
The rebels have controlled Hodeida since 2014 when they overran Sanaa and then swept through much of the rest of the country triggering Saudi-led military intervention the next year and a devastating war of attrition.
Government forces backed by significant numbers of the UAE ground troops launched an offensive to retake the city in June.