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Cease Fire

October 20, 2009

Doctors Without Borders is urging warring factions in Northern Yemen to respect medical facilities that are set up to treat patients affected by the recent war. Rocket fire hit a hospital in Razeh which has prevented relief workers from treating patients safely.

“After more than two months of non-stop intensive fighting, the medical and surgical needs in the Saada region are running high, but most of the population can no longer reach any medical facilities,” said Dr. Isabelle defourny, program manager for MSF operations in Yemen.

The Geneva Conventions “provide protection for the wounded and sick, but also for medical and religious personnel, medical units and medical transports.” Violation of the Geneva Conventions is a war crime. Both parties need to observe international humanitarian law and cease fire upon medical facilities providing treatment to the wounded.

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