Ground Report | New Delhi: Saudi airstrike in Yemen; The United Nations has condemned the Saudi-led coalition airstrike on a detention center in Yemen. More than 70 people have been killed in this airstrike. The attack was carried out on Friday at the detention center of Sada, considered a stronghold of the Houthi rebels’ movement.
Saudi airstrike in Yemen
The exact death toll is not clear, but the Médecins San Frantié (MSF) said at least 70 people were killed in the attack, although the number is expected to rise further.
Graphic images of the attack, showing dead bodies amid the rubble following the prison airstrike, which leveled jail buildings in the northwestern governorate of Saada, were released by the Iranian-backed Houthis, the AFP news agency reported.
In the south, the Saudi-led coalition carried out attacks in the port city of Hodeida, where they attacked a telecommunications facility. The attack killed children playing in the area, aid agency Save the Children said.
In a joint statement, eight relief and aid agencies said they were “appalled by the news” that more than 70 people, including migrants and children, were killed in “blatant disregard” for civilian life, according to an AFP report.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that “such attacks need to stop”. At the same time, he has also stressed the need to investigate the attacks. The forces of the Saudi-led coalition have been fighting Houthi rebels since 2015.
Tens of thousands of civilians, including more than 10,000 children, have been killed or injured in this war. Millions of people have been displaced and a large population is on the verge of famine and hunger.
The Houthi-run media outlet Al Masirah showed a graphic video of people under rubble after Friday’s attack on the detention center in the northern Yemeni city of Sa’ada. The Red Cross said it had sent emergency medical supplies to two hospitals that had received a “very high” number of casualties.
“From what I heard from my colleague in Sa’ada, there are still a lot of bodies at the scene of the airstrike, a lot of missing people,” said Ahmad Mahat, MSF head of mission in Yemen. “It is impossible to know how many people have died. It seems to have been an appalling act of violence.”
An MSF-supported hospital in Sa’ada has been overwhelmed by the influx of wounded and cannot take any more, Mahat said. Two other hospitals in the city have also received a high number of casualties, according to MSF.
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