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Friday, May 27, 2022

Death toll from air strike on Yemen prison rises to 82

The death toll from a Saudi-led coalition air strike that hit a prison run by Yemen’s Houthi rebels has climbed to at least 82 detainees, according to rebels and an aid group.

Ahmed Mahat, head of Médecins Sans Frontières [Doctors Without Borders], a charity mission in Yemen, said at least 82 were dead and more than 265 wounded in the air strike.

The Houthis’ media office said rescuers were still searching for survivors and bodies in the rubble of the prison site in the province of Saada on the border with Saudi Arabia.

This latest escalation comes after the Houthis claimed a drone and missile attack that struck inside the United Arab Emirates’ capital earlier in the week.

Internet access in the Arab world’s poorest country meanwhile remained largely down as the coalition continued air strikes on the capital of Sanaa and elsewhere.

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The aftermath of an air strike on a Yemen detention centre.

The air strike in northern Saada province on Friday was part of an intense air-and-ground offensive that marked an escalation in Yemen’s years-long civil war.

Coalition denies targeting prison

Saudi coalition organization Brigadier General Turki al-Malki alleged the Houthis had not reported the site as needing protection from air strikes to the UN nor to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

He claimed the Houthis’ failure to do so represented the militia’s “usual deceptive approach” in the conflict.

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