Statement by the Spokesperson on the attacks of an MSF hospital and a school in northern Yemen

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Statement by the Spokesperson on the attacks of an MSF hospital and a school in northern Yemen

Author: EEAS.

The following press release was issued by the EEAS on .

The Spokesperson of High Representative / Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides issued the following statement

The air attacks on a fully operational hospital in Abs in the north west of Yemen and on a school in northern Yemen, resulting in many killed and wounded, are unacceptable.
Our thoughts and condolences are with the families and colleagues of those affected at this time.

 These incidents are the latest of a series of attacks on medical facilities and medical personnel, as well as schools, recorded in Yemen since the start of the conflict. They must be investigated and consequent action should be taken.
Attacks that target humanitarian operations and civilians, among them many children, are clearly prohibited under International Humanitarian Law (IHL).
The EU expects all parties to the conflict to act responsibly, abide by their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law and to avoid targeting civilian infrastructures.

The solution to the conflict remains a political one and the EU urges all parties to engage without preconditions and in good faith to resume the UN-facilitated negotiations as soon as possible. The parties should refrain from any unilateral decisions that contradict the spirit of the negotiations, such as the recent setting up of a political council by Ansar Allah and GPC in Sana’a. The EU remains fully committed to support this process as it has done in the past.

Faced with an extremely worrying humanitarian situation, the European Commission continues to provide humanitarian support to populations across Yemen affected by conflict and forced displacement, food insecurity and malnutrition.

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