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Amnesty: US bomb used in Saudi-led strike on Yemen hospital

AP , Monday 19 Sep 2016
Yemen crisis
A Yemeni man walking past a crater in the courtyard of an hospital operated by the Paris-based aid agency Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Abs, in the rebel-held northern province of Hajja, a day after the hospital was allegedly hit by a Saudi-led coalition air strike (Photo: AFP)
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 Amnesty International says it has evidence that a Saudi-led coalition battling Yemeni rebels dropped a U.S.-made bomb on a hospital, and is calling for a halt to arms sales to the coalition.

The airstrike in question hit a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders, known by its French acronym MSF, in northern Yemen last month, killing 19 people.

Amnesty says in a report released Monday that a picture analyzed by a munitions expert reveals that a U.S.-made precision-guided Paveway-series bomb was dropped on the site.

The attack — the fourth on the MSF's facilities— prompted it to withdraw from northern Yemen due to what it described as "indiscriminate bombings and unreliable assurances" from the U.S.-backed coalition.

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