Saudi Fighter Jets Bombard Yemeni Medical Center
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Saudi regime, in yet another attack against Yemeni civilians, mounted an airstrike on a medical center treating cholera patients in the northwestern province of Sa'ada, as the Arabian Peninsula country is suffering a cholera epidemic.
A number of people were injured in the airstrike hitting the medical center in Qahza on Saturday night, Yemen’s al-Masirah television network quoted a statement issued by health authorities in the province as saying.
The attack by the Saudi-led coalition also damaged the building and medical equipment, forcing the medical center to halt its treatment activities, according to the statement.
The attack came as the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that the death toll of months-long cholera in war-torn Yemen has risen to 605, with suspected cases exceeding 73,700.
"Cholera continues to spread in Yemen. Over 73,700 suspected cholera cases and 605 associated deaths have been reported in 19 governorates," WHO said on its official twitter account.
WHO had put the figure at 532 and the number of suspected cases at 65,300 on Wednesday.
The deadly disease has been rapidly spreading across Yemen since April 27, WHO said.
The organization warned that the healthcare system in Yemen is on the verge of collapse as many hospitals have shut down because of the ongoing conflict, saying only 45 percent of Yemen's hospitals are operational, and they are facing a shortage of supplies and staff.