May 17, 2022 6:32 pm

At Least 70 Killed in Yemen in Attack on Rebel-Controlled Prison



At least 70 people died and 138 were injured in an airstrike on Friday against a prison in Saada, north of Yemen, stronghold of the Houthi rebels, reported the NGO Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

The balance only refers to the victims who were transferred to a hospital in Saada, said an MSF spokesman, explaining that “two other facilities received many wounded, and searches are still being carried out in the rubble of the prison” after the attack. , which was not claimed, informs Afp.

Bachir Omar, spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Yemen, indicated that the toll of victims is increasing after the attack on Saada, the rebels’ stronghold of origin. Houthis.

“There are more than 100 people dead and wounded (…) the balance is rising,” he said, citing data from the hospital.

The disturbing picture began to take shape after the rescuers began to remove the bodies from the rubble of the prison and began piling up dismembered corpses, according to images released by the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.

Overnight, another bombardment by the Saudi-led coalition supporting the Yemeni government hit the port city of Hodeida, a position of the rebels in the west of the country, causing a widespread internet outage.

According to Save The Children, at least three children were killed in that attack. “Apparently, they were playing on a nearby soccer field when the missiles fell,” explained the organization’s director for Yemen, Gillian Moyes.

One injured in the attack, in a video image – Afp

The city hospital received about 200 wounded and stated that it is overwhelmed and that it can no longer receive more patients, Doctors Without Borders reported.

“There are still many bodies at the site of the bombing and many missing,” said Ahmed Mahat, head of the Médecins Sans Frontières delegation in Yemen.

For its part, the official Saudi Arabian press agency reported that the coalition launched “bombing aimed at destroying the ability of the Houthi militias to act in Hodeida.”

The military alliance indicated that it attacked a “center of piracy and organized crime.”

Hodeida, a strategic area

The port of Hodeida is a strategic area through which humanitarian aid for Yemen transits and is a key bastion in the conflict.

The NetBlocks organization, which specializes in internet surveillance, reported a “countrywide internet connection outage” after the bombing.

Afp correspondents in the cities of Hodeida and Sana’a confirmed this information.

This escalation of the conflict in Yemen occurs after the Houthi rebels hijacked an Emirates-flagged ship in the Red Sea in early January. Then the coalition threatened a bombing against ports held by the rebels, if the vessel was not liberated.

On Monday, Houthi militias launched a drone attack on oil facilities in Abu Dabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, which left three dead and six injured.

The Security Council of the HIM-HER-IT will meet at 3:00 p.m. GMT this Friday for an emergency session on the Houthi attack against the Emirates, at the request of this State, a non-permanent member of this entity since last January 1.

The Emirates presidential adviser, Anwar Gargash, warned that the country would exercise the right to defend itself, in a statement sent to the emissary of U.S, Hans Grundberg, which was published by the official agency WAM.

The Emirates played a key role in establishing, training and arming the Giants Brigade forces, which enabled government forces to recapture a province in southern Yemen.

According to the UN, the war in Yemen has left 377,000 dead between direct and indirect victims of this conflict that has been going on for seven years.

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