SANA’A (Dispatches) – The Saudi-led coalition has “no way to deny” it carried out air strikes on a prison in Yemen that killed scores of people, an aid agency has said.
The condemnation by Doctors Without Borders comes after Saudi Arabia denied any knowledge of the attack in the Yemeni city of Sa’ada, while acknowledging a raid elsewhere.
“There is no way to deny that this is an airstrike, everyone in Sa’ada City heard it,” an unnamed member of the agency, known by its French initials MSF, was quoted as saying in a statement late on Saturday.
“I live one kilometer from the prison and my house was shaking from the explosions.”
The attack overnight on Friday created horrific scenes, with bombed-out buildings littered with bodies and hospitals overwhelmed.
Rescuers continue to claw through the rubble searching for survivors, MSF said.
Yemen’s Health Ministry said 82 people were killed and 266 wounded.
Meanwhile, former leader of the Labour Party of the United Kingdom has condemned the British government for arms flows to the Saudi Arabia, after dozens of people lost their lives in the Saudi-led raid in Sa’ada.
“Airstrikes in Yemen last night killed more than 60 people dead and caused a nationwide internet blackout,” Jeremy Corbyn, who was Leader of the Opposition from 2015 to 2020, wrote in a post published on his Twitter page.
He added, “The UK government is complicit in these crimes through arming and training the Saudi-led war on Yemen. Arms sales to Saudi Arabia must end now.”
“Arms sales to Saudi Arabia must end now,” Corbyn pointed out.
On Saturday, hundreds of Palestinians took to streets in the Gaza City to voice solidarity with the Yemeni nation and to denounce the bloody Saudi bombing of Sa’ada Central Prison in Yemen.
“The Yemen war is primarily aimed at serving the interests of the Zionist regime. All thinkers of the Muslim world must put an end to the onslaught as it yields benefits to enemies,” Yousef al-Hasayneh, a leader of the Islamic Jihad leader, told Iran’s Al-Alam network during the rally.
Furthermore, Maher Mazhar of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) said Saudi Arabia spends billions of dollars to purchase U.S.-built military equipment, which utilize Zionist technology.
“Such armaments are developed and manufactured in order to bring Muslim nations to their knees. The treacherous Arab regimes would batter used their weapons and munitions to confront the Israeli enemy and defend al-Qaqsa Mosque and the Palestinian cause than to massacre innocent women, children and elderly people,” he stressed.