Published: Tue, September 03, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen rebel-run prison kill over 100

Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen rebel-run prison kill over 100

The movement, which holds most major population centers in the Arabian Peninsula nation, has stepped up cross-border missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia in recent months. "We need it to stop".

"Anger and sadness were natural reactions", he added.

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The ICRC has sent medical teams and hundreds of body bags to Dhamar, saying that it had visited detainees at the location before.

Investigative website Bellingcat released a report Monday that accused the coalition of launching "double-tap" attacks in Yemen, where one strike is followed by a second that kills those who gather in the aftermath - often civilians and rescuers.

Many bodies were trapped beneath the rubble, the spokesperson said.

It said that from its probe into a cluster of 20 incidents, it found that eight were on markets and that seven of those occurred during the day when they were most likely to be crowded.

The Saudi-led coalition said it had hit a military facility "in accordance with worldwide humanitarian law", and that "all precautionary measures were taken to protect civilians".

"It's clear that this building was full of about 170 detainees", he said.

"People who are not taking active part in combat should not die in such a way", he said after travelling to the attack site.

Local residents reported hearing six air strikes during the night.

A rescue worker uncovers the body of a detainee from under the rubble of a Houthi-held detention center destroyed by Saudi
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"They were targeting the jail, I really don't know the strike numbers".

In a statement carried on Saudi state television, the coalition claimed that it had launched air strikes on a number of targets in southwest Yemen, destroying a site storing drones and missiles in the city.

"We have no choice", Lise Grande said.

The Western backed alliance said it had taken measures to protect civilians in Dhamar and the assault complied with global law.

Yemeni officials said Sunday's strikes targeted a college in the city of Dhamar, which the Houthi rebels were using as a detention center.

"Accusations by Riyadh are baseless, especially as its [the facility's] coordinates have been shared with the Red Cross", he said.

"Bellingcat's open-source investigations highlight a destructive pattern of attacks on densely populated markets, prisons, weddings and funerals in Yemen, leaving little to no accountability or acknowledgement in their wake", it said.

Baraa Shiban, from the UK-based human rights NGO Reprieve, told Al Jazeera: "There is a crime committed by the Houthis in detaining political activists, journalists, and political dissidents - whom they used to put in places that they constantly have been advised by human rights NGOs not to put them in risky areas".

In October 2016, an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition hit a prison complex in the Red Sea port of Hodeida, killing at least 58 people, mostly prisoners.

Local residents said the center also held their imprisoned family members, arrested for being critical of the Houthis.

It said former detainees described being beaten with iron rods, wooden sticks, and assault rifles, and said conditions in Houthi custody included poor hygiene, limited access to toilets, and lack of food and healthcare.

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