Arab Coalition, ICRC exchange information on alleged Yemen prison strike

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The Arab Coalition said on Wednesday that it met with the International Committee of the Red Cross and exchanged information and facts that pertain to allegations of targeting a prison in Yemen’s Saada in January, state news agency (SPA) reported.

“A constructive meeting was held with the ICRC team in the coalition’s Joint Forces Command [headquarters],” the coalition said, adding that it will continue to coordinate and exchange information with the ICRC.

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On January 21, several media outlets reported that the coalition conducted an airstrike that killed detainees in a prison run by the Iran-backed Houthi militia.

However, an investigation launched by the Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) on the alleged targeted prison strike by the Arab Coalition has revealed the location to be a “Special Security Camp in Saada, which is a legitimate military target.”

Brigadier General Turki al-Malki, an official spokesperson of the Arab Coalition, had slammed the allegations and insisted “they are part of a blatant attempt to mislead the public opinion regarding the true nature of the location in an attempt to garner sympathy from UN organizations and INGOs,” in a statement first reported by the Saudi Press Agency.

According to al-Malki, the closest prison is located 1.8 kilometers away from the claimed location.

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