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Yemen: 60 people were killed in Saudi led airstrike on prison

31st Oct 2016
Yemen: 60 people were killed in Saudi led airstrike on prison

By Zakaria al-Kamali

 

SANA’A (AA):  Over 60 of people were reportedly killed and many injured on Saturday in an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition on a prison compound in western Yemen.

Hours before the strikes in Al Hudaydah, at least 18 people, some of them children, were killed in Saudi led coalition airstrikes in the western city of Taiz, The Associated Press reported.

The pro-Houthi Al-Masira television said four airstrikes targeted the prison compound in the al-Zaydiya security headquarters in Hudaydah province.

Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri, a spokesman for the Saudi-led military coalition, confirmed in a statement that coalition jets had targeted a security building in Al Hudaydah, which he said the Houthis had used as “a command and control center for their military operations.”

Hudaydah is ruled by Houthi rebels, who have been battling government forces since they overran the capital Sanaa and other provinces since 2014.

More than 100 people were killed in a coalition airstrike on a funeral gathering in Sanaa earlier this month, which the Saudi-led coalition blamed on “false information”.

More than 6,900 people have been killed and another 3 million forced to leave their homes since the Yemeni conflict erupted two years ago.

The conflict escalated in March when a Saudi-led air campaign sought to reverse the Houthi [Ansar Allah] gains.

 

[Archive Photo: Civilian area bombed by Saudi-led colaition at Swfan district of Sana’a on 9 August 2016. Photographer: Mohammed Hamoud/AA]

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