Martin Griffiths, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Yemen, has condemned the Saudi-led airstrikes on a Houthi detention centre in Dhamar province in Yemen.

Iran Press/ Middle East: Condemning the Saudi-led airstrikes on a Houthi detention centre in Yemen, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the country, called for an inquiry into the incident.

According to Iran Press, Martin Griffiths, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Yemen has issued a statement saying: “I hope the Saudi-led coalition will launch an inquiry into this incident. Accountability needs to prevail.” He added: "The Saudi-led attack on the prison is a tragedy and the only way to stop the killing of innocent Yemeni people is for a ceasefire to be established and we must find a negotiated settlement to this war."

Meanwhile, Franz Rauchenstein, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross delegation in Yemen, said after visiting the prison complex and hospitals on Sunday that a “safe presumption is that over 100 prisoners had been killed in the Saudi airstrike”.

On Saturday night, Saudi warplanes bombed a prison complex in Dhamar province in Yemen, killing at least 100 people and injuring over 80 others.

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The Houthi health ministry has confirmed that at least 60 bodies were pulled from the rubble at the detention centre, which officials said housed 170 prisoners.

The Yemeni Red Crescent Society is still trying to retrieve bodies from underneath the rubble, and round 50 injured people had been taken to hospital.

Saudi Arabia, backed by the United States and United Arab Emirates, launched a devastating war on Yemen in March 2015 which has so far killed more than 16000 Yemenis, injured tens of thousands of others, and displaced millions from their homes. Food shortages, medicine shortages and cholera epidemics have wreaked havoc in Yemen, mainly because of a Saudi-imposed total land, sea and air blockade of Yemen.

UN-led negotiations to establish a ceasefire in Yemen have been unsuccessful mainly because of Saudi Arabia's intransigence and refusal to end the war.


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