MSF Says Two Injured After Sudanese Jet Bombed Its HospitalEric Ombok
A Sudanese fighter jet bombed a hospital in the country’s Southern Kordofan region run by Medecins Sans Frontieres, injuring two people and forcing the suspension of services, according to the medical charity.
The Jan. 20 aerial bombardment, the second such “indiscriminate” bombing of the Frandala hospital since June, left an employee and a patient with injuries, the group said in an e-mailed statement from the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Friday. About 150 patients and staff were inside the clinic when a Sudanese Air Force jet dropped as many as 13 bombs, with two of them landing inside the hospital compound, MSF said.
“These repeated and targeted bombings in the region prevent the safe operation of our medical activities, depriving the local population of life-saving care,” according to MSF.
Civilians are suffering as the Sudanese government clashes with rebels in the Nuba mountains in Southern Kordofan, MSF said. Attacks by the government to crush a four-year insurgency have sparked accusations by the U.S. and human rights groups that the state is deliberately targeting houses and schools, killing its own people.
Three calls to the mobile phone of Sudanese army spokesman al-Sawarmi Khaled didn’t connect when Bloomberg sought comment. Khaled has said previously the government doesn’t target civilians.