MSF suspends work in Aden after ailing gunmen kidnap a patient from its hospital

MSF suspends work in Aden after ailing gunmen kidnap a patient from its hospital


Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has suspended its work in Aden (the temporary capital of southern Yemen) after an armed group abducted a patient from an affiliated hospital.

In a statement issued by the organization, Al-Masdar online received a copy of it, saying it was suspending the reception of patients at its hospital starting at 12 a.m. Wednesday.

The orgnization, which runs medical facilities offering free service, said the step came after gunmen kidnapped a patient forcibly from its hospital in the neighbourhood of Omar Al-Mukhtar in Aden on Tuesday morning.

It made this decision, "because it is not possible to tolerate the abduction of a patient and any violence against Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and patients in MSF facilities."

The organization explained that it will review this decision if the security situation improves “from our point of view and our assessment." The organization has been providing free medical services in the city since 2012, and the organization said that even in 2015, despite the war, the facility had not been closed and continued to provide services under the conflict and that it  " continue to treat patients without discrimination. "


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