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Airstrikes on Rebel-Run Prison Kill More Than 100

It was deadliest strike on Yemen so far this year
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 2, 2019 2:58 AM CDT
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People inspect the rubble at a Houthi detention center destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes in Dhamar province, southwestern Yemen, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019.   (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
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(Newser) – Yemen is reeling from what has been described as the deadliest attack so far this year after multiple airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition hit a detention center run by the country's Houthi rebels, killing at least 100 people and wounding dozens. The center in southwestern Dhamar province had around 170 detainees. The Red Cross said 40 wounded were being treated for injuries while the rest were presumed dead, the AP reports. Franz Rauchenstein, the head of the Red Cross delegation in Yemen, suggested that the death toll could be higher. He visited the site of Sunday's attack, saying relatively few detainees survived. The Saudi-led coalition, which has waged war on the Iran-backed Houthis since 2015, has faced international criticism for airstrikes that have hit schools, hospitals, and wedding parties, killing thousands of civilians. (Read more Yemen stories.)

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