Wounded people gather during a protest demanding they receive treatment. They also sought an end to the blockade imposed by Al Houthis on the city of Taiz. Image Credit: AP

Riyadh: The Saudi-led Arab coalition fighting Iran-backed Al Houthi militants in Yemen has called upon humanitarian agencies operating in Yemen to provide their coordinates in order to avoid any collateral damage.

As intense battles rage in the city of Taiz to oust Al Houthi militants, the Coalition Command is urging that its forces exercise the utmost caution.

In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the Command said it was investigating a claim by Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) that its mobile health clinic was hit in a coalition strike.

The Command said it was talking to officials in MSF to gather more information on the time and circumstances of the reported incident.

It also vowed transparency and said it would publish the findings. The Command said it was taking all possible precautions to ensure no collateral damage takes place when targets are hit and pointed out that Al Houthi militants do not practice the same precaution in their deliberate and systematic targeting of residential areas.

The Command added that it welcomes and appreciates the work that MSF is doing by helping to alleviate the suffering of Yemeni people.