Saudi-led coalition denies targeting detention centre in Yemen's Saada

Saudi-led coalition denies targeting detention centre in Yemen's Saada
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A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition said the facility hit was not a site on no-targeting lists agreed upon with the UN.
The site hit in the air strike was not on a UN-approved no-targeting list, the coalition spokesman said [Getty-file photo]

The Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-aligned Houthis in Yemen denied targeting a detention centre in Yemen's Saada province, saying the facility hit was not a site restricted from strikes, the Saudi official news agency SPA reported on Saturday.

A Reuters witness said African migrants were among those who died in the Friday attack that reportedly killed at least 60 people.

"The coalition will inform the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Yemen (OCHA) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on the facts and details," the state news agency said, citing a coalition spokesman.

He said the target in Saada was not on no-targeting lists agreed upon with the OCHA, was not reported by the ICRC and did not meet the standards stipulated by the Third Geneva Convention for Prisoners of War.

(Reuters)

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