Saudi-led coalition wants urgent talks over MSF Yemen pullout

This file photo taken on November 16, 2015 shows a Saudi F-15 fighter jet landing at the Khamis Mushayt military airbase, some 880 km from the capital Riyadh, as the Saudi army conducts operations over Yemen. (AFP)

The Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen said Friday it wanted urgent talks with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) over the charity’s withdrawal of staff from six hospitals in the war-torn country.

Paris-based MSF on Thursday accused the coalition of “indiscriminate bombings” and said it had lost confidence in the alliance's ability to prevent fatal attacks on its facilities.

“We very much regret MSF’s decision to evacuate staff from six hospitals in northern Yemen,” the coalition said. “We are seeking urgent discussions with MSF to understand how we can work together to resolve this situation.”

The coalition added that it values greatly MSF’s work “under difficult circumstances” in Yemen. Coalition has said it uses highly accurate laser and GPS-guided weapons, and it verifies targets many times in order to avoid civilian casualties.

A coalition investigative team is conducting “independent” probes into the hospital strike and an air raid last Saturday on a traditional school. “The coalition is committed to full respect for international humanitarian law in the conduct of our operations in Yemen,” the alliance statement said.

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