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Air raids in Yemen. Dozens of victims

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Three children and more than 60 adults were killed in air raids in Yemen on Friday, according to reports by Save the Children. The country lost internet connectivity for some time. The sites of the attack included the city of Hodeidah and the prison in Saada Province, which was owned by the Houthi rebels.

A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia, which has been fighting the Houthi group allied with Iran since 2015, has ensured that Save the Children’s report on the air strikes in Yemen will be fully investigated and taken seriously.

The victims of the air raids

At around noon local time, rescuers were still recovering the bodies from the rubble after the morning raid on the Saada prison in northern Yemen. According to a report by Save the Children, more than 60 adults and three children were killed in the air raids playing soccer on the pitch when the missiles hit the city of Hodeidah in the west of the country. According to the Houthis, the Internet infrastructure was damaged there, which resulted in disconnection with the network.

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Damage after air raids in YemenPAP / EPA / HOUTHI MEDIA OFFICE HANDOUT

Save the Children called on the parties to the conflict to protect children and their families from the “horrors of violence” and called for the use of explosive weapons to be avoided in populated areas.

Coalition raids after the Houthi attack

The coalition has stepped up air strikes after the Houthis launched an unprecedented attack on coalition member the United Arab Emirates on Monday. The Houthis attacked the airport with missiles and drones, killing three and injuring six. They were also to attack Saudi cities.

Huti-run Al Masirah TV channel reported that dozens of people were killed and injured in the Saada air raid. A video was shown of men trying to remove debris with their hands to reach the imprisoned and wounded at al-Jamhuri Hospital.

Damage after air raids in YemenPAP / EPA / HOUTHI MEDIA OFFICE HANDOUT

The Saudi-led coalition announced on Thursday of operations in Hodeidah against ballistic missile launch platforms in Bayda province in central Yemen and military targets in Yemen’s capital Sana’a.

UN position

The UN Security Council condemned the Houthi attack on the UAE and sites in Saudi Arabia in Friday’s statement and stressed the need to “hold the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable.”

The statement came after the council met behind closed doors to discuss the Houthi attack on the UAE, which called for discussion. The United Arab Emirates joined the 15-member council this month for a two-year term.

When asked about the air raids on Yemen on Friday, UAE Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh told reporters: “The coalition is committed to respecting international law and to respond proportionately in all its military operations.”

The conflict in which the coalition intervened in March 2015 after the Houthis expelled an internationally recognized government from Sanah, killed tens of thousands, displaced millions and left Yemen into a famine.

Reuters, The New York Times

Main photo source: PAP / EPA / HOUTHI MEDIA OFFICE HANDOUT



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