September 24, 2021


At least 60 prisoners were killed and 38 others injured, when Saudi-led air strikes hit a prison, in the Yemeni Res Sea port city of al-Hodayda, on Sunday morning, medics and residents said.

The targeted prison, located in al-Zaydiya district of al-Hodayda, was bombed to the ground, in a series of air strikes that began at dawn and lasted hours, said the source.

Medics said, the death toll reached to 60 and 38 injured. Rescue teams were still searching on the site.

Meanwhile, the Health Office of Al-Hodayda, sent an emergency call to people to donate blood to save the injured.

It was the latest in a series of air strikes that targeted civilians in Yemen, since the war began in Mar, last year.

On Saturday, the coalition war planes killed a total of 27 civilians, mostly children and women, in three Yemeni provinces of Saada, Marib and Taiz, according to residents, medics and local officials.

Earlier this month, the air strikes hit a funeral hall in the capital Sanaa, killing 140 mourners, including children, and wounded over 600 others.

Saudi Arabia intervened in the Yemen conflict in Mar last year, to restore its ally President, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his government to power, after the Houthis and forces loyal to former President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, fought a revolution against "Hadi government's corruption" and drove Hadi with his cabinet to flee into exile.

The Saudi-led coalition has ever since failed to restore Hadi or recapture northern provinces from the allied Houthi and Saleh forces, which has also controlled the capital Sanaa.

The Saudi-led air strikes and ground combat have killed over 10,000 Yemenis, mostly children and women, and forced more than two million to flee their homes.

The latest round of peace efforts by the United Nations appeared to fail to end the 19-month long war, after apparently both rival, Houthis and their foe Hadi, rejected latest UN peace plan, presented by UN Yemen envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, last week.