Why Was a Houthi Prison Bombed?

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Yemen YemenIn a sad incident, almost 70 people lost their lives in a Yemeni prison, in an airstrike, something that has been severely condemned by the United Nations.

Strangely, it is a facility situated in Saada, a stronghold of the rebel Houthi movement in north-western Yemen, that was hit recently. However, the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in the country denied it had carried out the air strike. It has been for years together that other nation coalitions have been trying to fight and oust the Houthis that have troubled the Yemenis people.

Additionally, the coalition also said the site was not on a list of targets to avoid that had been agreed with the UN and had not been reported by the Red Cross. The United Nations has vehemently opposed this kind of mass killing, even though this was carried out on a prison. With regards to this, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in a statement that the ‘escalation needs to stop.’

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There have been atleast 200 casualties reported as well. “There are many bodies still at the scene of the air strike, many missing people,” Ahmed Mahat, MSF chief in Yemen, told AFP news agency. “It is impossible to know how many people have been killed. It seems to have been a horrific act of violence. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also called for de-escalation. While the Saudi coalition has washed its hands off the incident, Houthis have been known to notoriously carry out surprise drone strikes on various Middle Eastern countries that have been trying to rid Yemen off the Houthis’ control.

Since their power control in 2015, millions of Yemenis have lost their lives, literally living out of shelters and rehabilitation camps, in poverty, without jobs, suffering from malnutrition, lack of education and medical facilities. The country has been living on humanitarian aid for the longest time, having been termed as the worst humanitarian crises of the century.

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