TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Fresh Saudi airstrikes on a prison in Yemen’s western Dhamar Province left 30 dead and 40 others injured, a report said.
“After US-Saudi airstrikes on a prison in Dhamar, over 40 dead victims have been pulled out of rubbles and 30 others sent to hospitals,” according to al-Masirah TV channel on Sunday.
Head of Yemen’s National Committee for Prisoners Affairs Abdul Qader al-Mortada said the targeted prison housed over 170 prisoners of war, most of whom were supposed to be part of a local exchange deal.
The Saudi-led coalition claimed in a statement on Sunday that its aerial assaults on Dhamar had targeted a military site belonging to the Houthi Ansarullah movement.
Saudi Arabia and its allies launched the war on Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall the Riyadh-allied former regime and crush the Houthi Ansarullah movement — objectives that have failed to materialize due to Yemenis’ stiff resistance.
Since the war began, there have been tens of thousands of civilian casualties. Millions of Yemenis now subsist beneath the poverty line and hundreds of thousands of children are suffering and dying from malnutrition.
The Western-backed military aggression, coupled with a naval blockade, has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and led to a massive humanitarian crisis.