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Coalition: Saada prison was not targeted, facts will be provided

Supporters of Yemen's Houthi terrorist movement brandish weapons during a rally in Sanaa on Jan. 27, 2022. (Photo by Mohammed Huwais / AFP)
Supporters of Yemen's Houthi terrorist movement brandish weapons during a rally in Sanaa on Jan. 27, 2022. (Photo by Mohammed Huwais / AFP)
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28 Jan 2022 12:01:12 GMT9
28 Jan 2022 12:01:12 GMT9

Arab News

RIYADH: The Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen on Friday denied targeting a prison in Saada and accused the Houthi militia of trying to mislead the public.

In a statement carried by Al-Ekhbariyah TV, the coalition said its Joint Forces Command “applies the highest targeting standards” and excludes prisons from its list of targets.

Houthi officials on Thursday claimed that coalition air strikes last week killed around 90 people and wounded more than 200 at Saada prison.

“What the terrorist militia said is an attempt to mislead public opinion about the true activity of the site,” the coalition said.

“Saada prison was not targeted and we will provide all the facts and detailed information to the joint team” investigating alleged air strikes on detention centers in Yemen.

Fighting has escalated in recent weeks, with more air strikes on what the coalition says are Houthi military targets.

The Iran-aligned Houthi movement has stepped up missile and drone attacks on the United Arab Emirates and cross-border launches on neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

The coalition had previously accused the Houthis of using civilian centers as a shield against legitimate strikes.

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