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October 28, 2015

Doctors Without Borders Says Yemen Clinic Hit by Airstrikes

Doctors Without Borders said Tuesday that airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition battling rebels in Yemen destroyed a medical facility it operates in the country, The Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press write. There were no deaths reported from the bombing Monday night, which the aid charity said left some 200,000 people in the northern Saada province without access to care.

The region near Yemen's border with Saudi Arabia is a stronghold of Iran-backed Houthi rebels and has been a frequent target of air raids by the pro-government coalition, which is receiving U.S. intelligence and logistical support. A spokesman for the Saudi-led force did not respond to a request for comment.

Doctors Without Borders has stepped up its call for an international inquiry into the Oct. 3 bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, by American forces, which killed 30 patients and staff members. The Kunduz airstrike, which the Pentagon initially said was a mistake, now appears to have been requested by U.S. Green Berets who were reportedly aware the target was a functioning hospital.