Yemen - MSF ambulance hijacked

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Yemen, March 1st- An MSF ambulance was hijacked yesterday in Al-Husaini area, Lahj governorate by four unknown gunmen.

On February 29th, the ambulance transferred a patient from the MSF supported Al-Naser Hospital in Al-Dhale’ to MSF’s Emergency Hospital in Aden. On the way back, the four armed men stopped the car forcing the ambulance driver to get out of the vehicle. There was another MSF medical worker in the ambulance.

“This incident makes us worry about the safety of our staff and for our patients, who rely on ambulances to make it to hospitals. We call on all parties to the conflict to respect medical activities and to not to stop or hinder medical staff, patients and ambulances,” say Jerome Alin, MSF Head of Mission in Yemen.

MSF reported the incident to the local authorities but has received no feedback as yet.

MSF has provided lifesaving healthcare services in the Ministry of Health’s Al-Naser hospital in Al- Dhale’ governorate since 2012, and supports the Al-Salam hospital in Qatabah and The-Ijlal health centre in Al Azariq districts. The organisation also works in Al-Dhale’, Aden, Taiz, Sa’ada, Amran, Hajja, Ibb and in Sana’a. In 2015, MSF medics treated more than 29,000 injured and violence victims in Yemen.