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NRC demands investigation of Sana’a air strike near NRC facility

Published 07. Jun 2018
Statement by Nigel Tricks, NRC Regional Director for East Africa and Yemen

“Shortly before 9:30 pm on 5 June, Saudi-led Coalition aircraft bombed the Hadda district in Sana’a, injuring seven civilians, including four children. The attack damaged several houses, including an NRC guesthouse with the organisation’s staff.

We are calling on the Saudi-led Coalition to investigate and provide a full and public account of the attack. Like this attack shows, using powerful weapons in populated areas puts civilians at risk and the coalition should refrain from doing so. 

The force of the blast damaged the NRC guesthouse, located less than 100 metres from the impact site, cracking the walls and blowing in windows. NRC has provided all relevant parties to the conflict, including the Saudi-led Coalition, with details and coordinates on our operations in order to ensure the safety of our staff. 

No NRC staff were harmed in this attack, but we are gravely concerned by an airstrike so close to our facilities. 

NRC calls on all parties to the conflict in Yemen to immediately end indiscriminate attacks and deliberate attacks on civilians or civilian infrastructure and to take all necessary precautions to avoid and minimise civilian casualties.”

Notes to editors:
  • NRC has spokespersons in Yemen, Nairobi and in the US available for interviews.
  • Photos of the destruction can be downloaded for free use here.

 NRC in Yemen: 

  • NRC is an independent, impartial and neutral humanitarian organisation with programmes in several areas in Yemen: Sana’a, Hajjah, Hudaydah, Amran, Aden, Lahj, Taiz and Al-Dhale. 
  • NRC has 111 Yemeni staff and 14 international staff in the country programme.  
  • Our programmes include food security, shelter, education and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for the most vulnerable Yemenis. 
  • In 2017, NRC assisted over 760,000 people in Yemen. 
  • You can find more information about our programmes in Yemen here
For more information, please contact:
  • In Oslo: Becky Bakr Abdulla, beba@nrc.no, +47 416 13 766
  • Global: NRC’s media hotline, info@nrc.no,  +47 905 62 329