Yemen – Deadly airstrike kills around 70

Yemen - Deadly airstrike kills around 70

Yemen – Deadly airstrike kills around 70

The UN has condemned an airstrike on a Yemen detention centre that has killed more than 70 people. The facility in Saada, a stronghold of the rebel Houthi movement in north-western Yemen, was hit on Friday. In a statement on Saturday, the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in the country denied it had carried out the air strike. 

The violence marked an especially deadly day in the seven-year war, leaving bystanders searching through rubble with their bare hands to rescue those trapped in two locations: a prison in the city of Sa’ada and a telecommunications centre in the port city of Hodeidah, where three children playing football nearby were reported to have been killed.

Eight aid agencies operating in Yemen said in a joint statement they were “horrified by the news that more than 70 people, including migrants, women and children, have been killed in a blatant disregard for civilian lives.” Two other hospitals have received “many wounded” and as night fell, the rubble was still being searched, the aid agency said.