MSF resumes work in Yemen’s Aden after patient killed

MSF stopped admitting people early last month when a group of armed men threatened staff and took a patient who was later found dead on a street. (File/MSF)
Updated 05 May 2019
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MSF resumes work in Yemen’s Aden after patient killed

  • MSF stopped admitting people early last month when a group of armed men threatened staff and took a patient
  • Many of the country's hospitals have been damaged or destroyed and the country is heavily dependent on aid groups for medical care

ADEN: Doctors Without Borders (MSF) resumed its work in a hospital in Yemen’s second city of Aden on Sunday after a one-month suspension following the kidnapping and killing of a patient.

MSF stopped admitting people early last month when a group of armed men threatened staff and took a patient who was later found dead on a street.

“MSF Aden Trauma hospital has resumed its activities as of today May 5th, after a month of suspension following a security incident that happened in the hospital in which a patient was taken from the hospital and found killed nearby," it said on Twitter.

The southern port city of Aden has served as the seat of Yemen's beleaguered government since early 2015, when President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi fled the capital Sanaa in the face of a milita takeover.

A Saudi-led military coalition intervened in support of the government as the Houthis closed in on Aden and Hadi went into exile.

Many of the country's hospitals have been damaged or destroyed and the country is heavily dependent on aid groups for medical care.

In November, MSF announced it had suspended its work in Daleh, a region inland from the Red Sea port of Hodeida, in the face of multiple security incidents directly targeting patients and staff.

The more than four-year conflict in Yemen has killed tens of thousands of people, many of them civilians, relief agencies say.

The fighting has triggered what the United Nations describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with 3.3 million people still displaced and 24.1 million -- more than two-thirds of the population -- in need of aid.


Iran’s Hassan Rouhani may skip UN meet over US visa delay

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Iran’s Hassan Rouhani may skip UN meet over US visa delay

TEHRAN: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and his delegation could be forced into skipping next week’s UN General Assembly because the United States has yet to issue them visas, state media said Wednesday.
Rouhani and his delegation had been scheduled to travel to New York for the annual UN gathering on Monday, but that was now looking unlikely given the lack of visas, state news agency IRNA said.
“If the visas aren’t issued in a few hours, this trip will probably be canceled,” IRNA reported.
The delegation includes Iran’s top diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif, who the United States imposed sanctions against on July 31.
The foreign minister had been due to travel to New York on Friday morning, according to IRNA.
The absence of Rouhani would ruin France’s bid to arrange a meeting between him and US President Donald Trump as part of European efforts to de-escalate tensions between the arch-foes.
“Iran’s absence will show that in contrast with its commitments to the United Nations and international organizations within the framework of agreements, diplomacy has no value for the United States,” IRNA said.
“Although the Islamic Republic of Iran has not left the scene and it continues its active diplomacy, the US government must answer for its behavior,” it added.
The UN General Assembly debate is due to begin on Tuesday.
As the host government, the United States generally is obliged to issue visas to diplomats who serve at UN headquarters.
But Iran and the United States have been at loggerheads since May last year when Trump abandoned a 2015 nuclear deal and began reimposing sanctions in its campaign of “maximum pressure.”
Iran responded by scaling back its commitments under the landmark accord, which gave it the promise of sanctions relief in return for limiting the scope of its nuclear program.