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Dozens trapped as Saudi airstrikes target underground prison

Published 20/09/2015

Civilians and security forces gather near a house damaged in a Saudi-led airstrike in Yemen
Civilians and security forces gather near a house damaged in a Saudi-led airstrike in Yemen

Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen against a Shiite rebel stronghold and prison facility have killed 11 and wounded more than 50 rebels and civilians, officials said.

The airstrikes hit a security directorate in the western province of Ibb, where the rebels, known as Houthis, held over 300 prisoners underground.

The officials said many managed to escape, but dozens remain buried under the rubble.

Yemen has been torn by a ferocious war pitting the Houthis and forces fighting for former President Ali Abdullah Saleh against the coalition-backed internationally recognised government forces.

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