Yemen: at least 70 dead in a strike against a prison held by the rebels

This image taken from video distributed by the Ansarullah Media Center on January 21, 2022 shows the destruction of a prison in the Houthi rebel stronghold of Sa'ada, northern Yemen, after it was hit in an airstrike causing many dead or injured.

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This happened in Saada in Yemen, in an area controlled by the Houthi rebels.

At least 70 dead is the toll of an air strike Friday, January 21 against a prison in the north of the country.

The report is communicated by the NGO Doctors Without Borders, which denounces " 

a horrible attack


The head of the UN "condemns" the strikes against a prison and calls for investigations into the strikes carried out today by the coalition.


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It was in the stronghold of the Houthi rebels, Saada, that the murderous raid took place.

There is no information at this stage on the number of detainees among the dozens of victims, nor on the identity of these prisoners.

But migrants could be part of it.

The situation there is chaotic.

Marc Schakal of Doctors Without Borders

Oriane Verdier

A few hours earlier this Friday, another strike had hit the port of Hodeida killing 3 children, according to an NGO present on the spot.

This violence is taking place in full escalation in Yemen.

In recent days, Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for an unprecedented drone attack on the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia's main ally in the war against Yemeni rebels.

A “ 

proportionate response


The ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the UN assures this Friday that the coalition is leading a " 

proportionate response

 " in its military operations... The coalition's bombings have however cost the lives of thousands of civilians since 2015, as several NGOs have documented this.

Members of the Security Council 'condemned in the strongest terms the heinous terrorist attacks perpetrated in Abu Dhabi' on Monday by Yemeni Houthi rebels, in a statement unanimously adopted on Friday.

UN chief 'condemns' prison strikes, calls for investigations

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres condemned in a statement issued on Friday " 

the airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition against a detention center in Sa'ada

 ", Yemen, which " 

left at least 60 dead and more than 100 injured

 ” among the prisoners.


 Other airstrikes have been reported elsewhere in Yemen, with civilian deaths and injuries, including children,

 ” he also denounced, calling for “ 

rapid, effective and transparent investigations

 ” into these attacks. events to hold their perpetrators to account.

►Also listen: Attack on the Emirates: can the Yemeni Houthi rebels destabilize the region?


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