UN envoy to Yemen calls on coalition to investigate its targeting prison

Amman (Debriefer)
2019-09-02 | Since 6 Month

Prison building after coalition air strikes

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The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, called on the Saudi-led Arab coalition to investigate Sunday's airstrikes that targeted a building used by the Houthi group as a prison for prisoners in Dhamar governorate (90 kilometers south of Sana'a) that killed dozens of people.

In a joint statement with UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Lise Grande, Griffiths said the targeting of the prisoner prison was "a tragedy and the human cost of this war is unbearable. We need it to stop. Yemenis deserve a peaceful future. Today's tragedy reminds us that Yemen cannot wait. "

For its part, considered the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, the targeting of the prison "a terrible incident," stressing that the magnitude of the losses is staggering.

Grandi described the recent events in Yemen as "very dark times"."

"There have been days of fighting and air raids in the south and hundreds of victims," she said.

The head of the ICRC mission in Yemen, Franz Rawkhnschtine, affirmed that a team was heading for Dhamar, with urgent medical supplies to cure up to 100 casualties and 200 coffins that would be donated following the air raids.

"We take these reports seriously. I'm en route to Dhamar to assess the situation.", he added.

The Houthi group (Ansar Allah) accused the Saudi-led Arab coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen of targeting a prison for Yemen's internationally recognized government prisoners in the northern province of Dhamar resulted in the death and injury of 185 people.

For its part, announced the leadership of the Saudi-led Arab coalition on Sunday that it "destroyed a military site of Houthi militias in Dhamar", pointing out that it is "stores for drones and air defense missiles," according to the saudi "Al-Arabia"TV.

Yemen has been devastated by a five-year armed conflict between the government backed by the Saudi-led coalition and the Iran-backed Houthis. The conflict erupted after the Houthis ousted the government and seized power in late 2014.

More than 11.000 civilians have been killed and tens of thousands of others injured in the war. Millions have been displaced and tens of thousands have fled outside the country.

The coalition has been responsible for the vast majority of civilian casualties, according to the UN and international human rights organizations.

The conflict has caused what the United Nations calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

More than 24 million people, more than 80% of the country's population, are in need some form of humanitarian or protection assistance, including 8.4 million people who don't know where their next meal will come from, according to the UN.



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