Doctors Without Borders: Saudi Arabia cannot deny being culprit of Saada prison bombing

Doctors Without Borders: Saudi Arabia cannot deny being culprit of Saada prison bombing

Humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has confirmed that Saudi Arabia and its allies have “no way to deny” carrying out a deadly airstrike on a prison that martyred more than 80 people and injured hundreds of others in Yemen’s northern province of Saada.

A statement by the prominent organization, known by its French acronym as the MSF, comes after the Saudi-led coalition initially denied any knowledge of the attack in question.

MSF said on Saturday that its staff had confirmed the prison in Saada was destroyed and that a nearby hospital had run out of beds to treat the wounded.

“There is no way to deny that this is an airstrike, everyone in Saada city heard it,” the MSF said. The attack overnight on January 21 caused horrific scenes, with bombed-out buildings littered with bodies and nearby hospitals overwhelmed with injured.

MSF added that “The hospital is facing a very difficult situation, with casualties lying on the floor,” as rescuers continue to dig through the rubble searching for survivors.

Reacting to the deadly aerial raids, Ahmed Mahat, the MSF’s head of mission in Yemen, said that the Saudis and their allies “have a long history of targeting civilian targets across Yemen.”

“This is the latest in a long line of unjustifiable airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition on places like schools, hospitals, markets, wedding parties and prisons,” Mahat said.

He further added: “Since the beginning of the war, we have frequently witnessed the terrible effects of indiscriminate coalition bombing on Yemen, including when our own hospitals have been attacked.”

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