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Saudi regime airplanes strike Yemen’s Hudaydah, kill 60

30 October 2016 18:19

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At least 60 people have been killed in airstrikes by Saudi regime warplanes on a Red Sea port city in Yemen’s western province of Hudaydah.

The airstrikes ripped through a security complex, housing two detention centers, in the northern district of Zaydiyah in the provincial capital Hudaydah late on Saturday.

A large number of prisoners and security guards were also among the victims, Yemen’s Saba news agency reported on Sunday, citing security and medical officials.

Nearly 40 people were also injured. According to Hashem al-Azizi, the governor of Hudaydah, more than 100 inmates were being held in the detention centers when they were struck three times.

Witnesses said one of the strikes directly hit the adjacent prisons and buried the inmates alive under the rubble.

The airstrikes came hours after Saudi warplanes showered bombs on residential buildings in the western city of Ta’izz, killing at least 18 civilians, including children.


People gather at the site of a Saudi airstrike on a prison in Zaydiyah district of the Red Sea port city of Hudaydah, Yemen, October 30, 2016. (Photo by Reuters)

In another development on Saturday, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, Yemen’s president who has resigned and fled the capital, turned down a UN peace proposal aimed at ending the conflict in Yemen. Hadi said the plan “rewards” the Houthi Ansarullah movement, which is backed by the Yemeni nation.

In support of Hadi, the Saudi military has been pounding Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to undermine Ansarullah and restore power to the former president who has fled Sana’a.

More than 10,200 people, most of them civilians, have been killed in Riyadh’s deadly campaign, which lacks any international mandate.

Peace talks held between Yemen’s opposing parties in Kuwait ended in deadlock in August.

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