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Red Cross estimates more than 100 people have been killed in a coalition raid in Yemen

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Sunday it believed more than 100 people were killed in a raid by the Saudi-led military coalition on a Houthi rebel detention center in Dhamar, south of the capital Sanaa.

“We estimate that more than 100 people were killed,” Franz Rauchenstein, head of the ICRC delegation in Yemen, told AFP after the raid.

According to Roachenstein, at least 40 people are being treated in two hospitals in the city.

“As we talk, teams are working tirelessly to find survivors under the rubble,” he said, adding that teams were “now collecting bodies.”

He said the chances of finding survivors were “very slim”.

The Saudi-led coalition announced in a statement broadcast on the state-owned news channel “Al-Akhbariya” that it had “destroyed a site belonging to the militia Houthi Dhamar containing stores for drones.” According to the coalition, the site also “contains hostile air defense missiles.”

“We have taken all preventive measures to protect civilians in the Dhamar targeting process,” the coalition said.

While the channel of the march of the rebels Houthi earlier that the coalition targeted in “seven raids” air “building for prisoners” in Dhamar, noting that the bombing left behind “dozens of dead and wounded.”

Since 2014, Yemen has been at war between Houthi rebels close to Iran and forces loyal to the government of the recognized president.The fighting intensified in March 2015 as Saudi Arabia intervened at the head of a military alliance in support of government forces.

The war has claimed about 10,000 lives and more than 56,000 wounded since 2015, according to the World Health Organization, but a number of humanitarian officials believe the actual toll is much higher.

There are still 3.3 million displaced people and 24.1 million people, more than two-thirds of the population, need help, according to the United Nations, which describes the humanitarian crisis in Yemen as the worst in the world today.


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