Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Yemen: six detainees and one child killed in bombing

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A women’s prison in Taëz, Yemen, was targeted by a bombing that killed several people. Houthi rebels fired missiles at the women’s section of the city’s central prison, according to the official government news agency Saba.

The attack killed six of the detainees, according to Saba, as well as one of the children who visited her mother. The Houthis “flatly denied” the accusations, via a tweet from spokesman for their armed wing, Yahia Saree.

Doctors Without Borders in Yemen reported that “Al-Thawra Taez Hospital, supported by MSF, received the bodies of six women and one child who were killed in an attack on the city’s central prison yesterday (Sunday) evening “.

On Twitter, MSF and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Yemen denounced the attack as a violation of international humanitarian law.

The UN special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, and the UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, Lise Grande, also condemned the attack.

A besieged city of 600,000 inhabitants

The third city of Yemen, Taëz has been the scene of violent clashes since the start of the war that started more than five years ago. Still in the hands of the government, this city of 600,000 souls located in the south-west of the country is nevertheless besieged by the Houthis.

Hit by a serious humanitarian crisis, Yemen, the poorest country on the Arabian Peninsula, is ravaged by a war between the government, supported by a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia, against the Houthi rebels, supported by Iran . Despite hopes of a lull in the face of the common threat of the new coronavirus, violence has recently increased.

Yemen has not officially registered any case of infection. Humanitarian organizations are predicting a real catastrophe, however, if the Covid-19 pandemic arrives in the country, which is already suffering from a dire health system and a shortage of drinking water.

The war has left tens of thousands of people dead, mostly civilians, according to various NGOs, and about 24 million Yemenis, more than two-thirds of the population, are in need of humanitarian aid, according to the United Nations.

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