Amnesty says Yemen rebels take Hodeida hospital rooftop

CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International says Yemen's rebels have taken up positions on a hospital rooftop in the contested Red Sea port city of Hodeida that a Saudi-led coalition has been trying to capture for the past week.

This raises concerns the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, plan to use the patients of the Hodeida hospital as human shields to ward off coalition airstrikes.

The rights group is urging the warring sides in Yemen to protect civilians. The U.S.-backed coalition, which relies heavily on air power, has killed scores of civilians in airstrikes in the nearly four-year-long war.

Amnesty's Samah Hadid says the Houthi's presence on the hospital rooftop "violates international humanitarian law, but this violation does not make the hospital and the patients and medical staff lawful targets" for the coalition.