Rights group accuses Sudan army of targeting hospital

Doctors Without Borders says two people were wounded after Sudanese warplane bombed a hospital in South Kordofan state.

    Fighting erupted in South Kordofan in 2011 when rebels took up arms against the Khartoum government [Reuters]
    Fighting erupted in South Kordofan in 2011 when rebels took up arms against the Khartoum government [Reuters]

    A Sudanese warplane deliberately targeted one of the few hospitals operating in South Kordofan state, where ethnic minority rebels have been fighting government troops, an international medical charity has said.

    Two people were wounded in the Tuesday raid in Frandala in the Nuba Mountains, where rebels of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement - North (SPLM-N) have been fighting since 2011, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said.

    "We condemn in the strongest terms the bombing of the Frandala hospital," Marc Van der Mullen, MSF head of mission in Sudan, said in a statement. "With more than 100 patients present, we were very lucky not to have more casualties, because people simply had no time to seek protection."

    "There can be no doubt that this was a deliberate and targeted bombing on a civilian hospital structure and part of a strategy to terrorise the community," he added.

    On Friday, the United Nations condemned the air strike, calling it a serious violation of international law.

    UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric asked all parties in the conflict to respect their obligations under humanitarian laws, "in particular in relation with the protection of civilians and to ensure safe and unhindered access to humanitarian organisations".

    There was no immediate reaction from the Sudanese military to the MSF report.

    MSF said a patient and a hospital worker were wounded and the hospital damaged, as a fighter jet dropped 13 bombs, of which two landed inside the compound and the rest just outside the hospital fence.

    The Frandala hospital was previously bombed in June 2014.

    Fighting erupted in South Kordofan in 2011 when rebels formerly allied with now independent South Sudan took up arms against the Khartoum government.

    SOURCE: AFP


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