Coalition air strikes have destroyed a Yemeni hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), leaving six people injured.
MSF spokesman Hassan Boucenine believes the attacks were deliberate, with the hospital providing its coordinates to the Saudi-led coalition two weeks ago. “There is no reason – ever – to commit a war crime. To target a hospital. There cannot be any good reason,” he said.
Amnesty International has called for an independent investigation into the attack, with Philip Luther, director for the Middle East and North Africa, condemning the attacks. “The attack on Haydan Hospital appears to have been an unlawful attack causing harm to civilians and civilian objects,” he said.
Ban Ki-moon, United Nations secretary-general, has called for an immediate end to air strikes in Yemen. “The secretary-general calls for a prompt, effective and impartial investigation in order to ensure accountability,” said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.
Israel refuses to hand over Palestinian bodies
Protests have been held in the West Bank city of Hebron over the Israeli government’s refusal to return the bodies of 16 Palestinians killed during alleged attacks against Israeli’s. Thousands of Palestinians participated in the rally called for by political factions. The Palestinian Red Crescent said that 143 Palestinians were injured during the protests by Israeli soldiers, who fired at protesters with live ammunition. An Israeli spokeswoman said that soldiers used riot dispersal means to deal with Palestinians who were violently rioting, hurling stones and throwing molotov cocktails. Issa Amro, coordinator of Youth Against Settlements, said this was collective punishment for the families and the community. “It’s about humiliating us. This is the real face of Israeli occupation: They don’t respect our lives when we’re living and even after we’re dead,” he said.
Helicopter shot down in Libya
At least 12 people have died in a helicopter crash just outside the Libyan capital of Tripoli, according to a military official. Colonel Mustafa Sharkasi, a spokesman for the Air Force of Libya’s Tripoli-based government, said the aircraft was hit by gunfire on its return from dropping off cash at a local bank. Mr Sharkasi has blamed armed groups for carrying out a criminal act, and vowed that the Tripoli-based administration would retaliate. “We will respond at the appropriate time and place,” he said. The helicopter had been carrying 16 people, including a senior militiaman. “We have so far recovered nine bodies, including the body of colonel Hussein Abu Diyya,” said Mr Sharkasi. “We think that all the passengers are dead.”
Police officer drags US student from classroom
The US Justice Department will investigate why a female student was violently dragged from her classroom by an officer in South Carolina. Officer Ben Fields has been placed on leave, with the FBI called in to carry out the probe in order to avoid a conflict of interest. The sheriff’s office has confirmed the female student was black, continuing intense scrutiny of police and their use of force against African-Americans. The Richland Black Parents Association said the video “revealed what many African American parents have experienced in this district for a very long time”.
Carson leads Trump in latest poll
Ben Carson has edged ahead of Donald Trump in the Republican presidential campaign. The result is the first time Mr Trump has not been at the top of the polls and comes on the eve of the third TV debate for Republican contenders. Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina sit a long way behind the frontrunners, with Mr Carson and Mr Trump accounting for 48 per cent of respondents. The poll, conducted by New York Times/CBS News, said most voters are yet to make up their mind. Primary voting begins in February, in Iowa. – Compiled from web sources by Josh Chahal
Top photo of the remains of MSF hospital in Yemen from MSF International Twitter page.