Airstrikes led by the Saudi Arabian coalition killed [YemenPress report] at least 90 prisoners and injured dozens more in the Zaydiyah district of the Red Sea port city of Hudaydah, Yemen on Saturday. The prison housed up to 84 prisoners and was bombed [SAB report] for hours resulting in the collapse of the building. The bombing occurred hours after a peace treaty [Reuters report] between Yemeni rebels of the Houthi movement [Aljazeera backgrounder] and Saudi Arabia failed. The Saudi coalitions airstrikes have long been condemned [JURIST report] by the international community, and before the airstrikes began on Saturday, Saleh Al Samad, the head of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, accused [ALALAM report] the coalition of committing human rights abuses in Yemen. The bombing were apart of a series of strikes [PressTV report] that occurred throughout the day resulting in a multitude of deaths and injuries. The death toll continues to rise as first responders clear out the area. Many of those who were detained at the prison were anti-rebels [AFP report] who opposed the Houthis peace plan. The coalition has yet to make a comment [Aljazeera report] on the bombing.
The conflict in Yemen has resulted in thousands of deaths in over year creating an ongoing concern for human rights.UN experts investigating [JURIST report] the October 8 attack on a packed funeral hall in the Yemeni capital, which is currently under rebel control, accused the Saudi coalition last Thursday of violating international humanitarian law. Saudi Arabian led airstrikes on a funeral in Sana’a, Yemen’s capital, were [JURIST report] an “apparent war crime,” Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on the same day as it also called for a credible investigation.According to a report released in early October, the Obama administration conducted [JURIST report] a $1.3 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia last year despite warnings that such contribution to the country’s activities could implicate the US for war crimes