Published:  05:00 PM, 22 January 2022

Coalition denies Yemen prison air strike that killed 70

Coalition denies Yemen prison air strike that killed 70

The Saudi-led coalition on Saturday 
denied carrying out an air strike on a prison in Yemen's rebel-held north 
that aid groups said killed at least 70 people, including migrants, women and 
  Claims the military coalition ordered the raid, which reduced buildings to 
rubble and left rescuers scrabbling for survivors with their bare hands, were 
"groundless", the alliance said.
  The attack, which coincided with a coalition strike on Hodeida that killed 
three children and knocked out the impoverished country's internet, was 
condemned by the United Nations secretary-general.
  But "these claims adopted by the militia are baseless and unfounded", said 
coalition spokesperson Turki al-Malki, referring to the Iran-backed Huthi 
  The latest violence in Yemen's intractable, seven-year war came after the 
Huthis claimed their first deadly attack on Abu Dhabi, capital of coalition 
partner the United Arab Emirates, on Monday.
  This week has witnessed a dramatic upswing in the conflict that has already 
killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions, creating what the 
UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
  The rebels seized the capital Sanaa in 2014, prompting the Saudi-led 
intervention -- supported by the US, France and Britain -- in March 2015. It 
was intended to last just a few weeks.
  The internet blackout, which went into its second day on Saturday according 
to web monitor NetBlocks, complicated rescue work and media reporting as 
information slowed to a trickle.
  Unverified footage released by the Huthis revealed gruesome scenes at the 
bombed-out prison facility as rescue workers scrabbled to dig out bodies and 
mangled corpses were placed in piles.

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