20 killed in air strike on Yemen police building

Published: Monday 18th January 2016 by The News Editor

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At least 20 people have been killed and 15 others injured in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition on a building used by police in the capital of Yemen, security officials said.

The officials, who are loyal to anti-government Shiite rebels known as the Houthis, said another 30 people are believed to be still trapped under the debris of the badly damaged building in central Sanaa.

Police vehicles parked in the facility’s courtyard were destroyed and nearby homes suffered some damage, they said.

The dead and wounded were policemen and Houthi rebels, they said.

Security forces sealed off the area as earth-moving equipment arrived to help with the search for bodies and survivors under the debris.

The building was partially used as a gathering point for security forces and on occasion used by the Houthis as an assembly point for forces headed to deployment elsewhere in Yemen.

The air strike happened shortly before midnight on Sunday, according to the officials, who gave no further details. Reporters were barred from approaching the facility, they said.

The Saudi-led coalition began air strikes against the Houthis and their allies in March 2015, siding with the internationally recognised government.

Meanwhile, the Integrated Regional Information Networks (Irin), a Nairobi-based humanitarian news agency, has announced the death of one of its contributors in Yemen.

In a statement, it said 35-year-old Almigdad Mohammed Ali Mojalli was killed on Sunday just outside Sanaa in an “apparent” air strike.

Mojalli also contributed from Yemen to Western media outlets, including Voice of America and Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper, said the statement.

The fighting in Yemen has, since last March, killed more than 5,800 people.

Published: Monday 18th January 2016 by The News Editor

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