Saudi coalition says Yemen prison site not reported to UN

AP , Saturday 22 Jan 2022

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen says a prison hit by an airstrike, killing at least 70 detainees, hadn't been reported to either the U.N. or the Red Cross as a site needing to be protected.

Yemeni prison hit
Destruction at a prison in the Houthi rebel stronghold of Saada in northern Yemen after it was hit by a Saudi airstrike leaving many dead or wounded, on Jan. 21, 2022. AFP

The comment came early Saturday from Saudi Brig. Gen. Turki al-Malki to Saudi state TV.

Al-Malki said the failure by Yemen's Houthis to report the site to international authorities represented the militias' ``usual deceptive approach.''

Friday's strike was part of a pounding aerial offensive that hours earlier took the Arab world's poorest country off the internet. The intense campaign comes after the Iran-backed Houthis claimed a drone and missile attack that struck inside the capital of the United Arab Emirates earlier in the week.

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