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ICRC, UN agency invited to discuss Yemen detention centre attack

February 7, 2022 at 6:51 pm

Robert Mardini, head of the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) Middle East and North Africa operations July 27, 2017 [MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP via Getty Images]

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen has invited the International Committee of the Red Cross and a UN agency to investigate allegations by the Iran-aligned Houthi group that coalition forces carried out a fatal attack on a detention centre last month, state media reported on Monday, and Reuters reports.

The coalition has denied it was behind the attack in which at least 60 people were killed when missiles hit the detention centre in the Houthi stronghold of Saada.

The state media reports, citing the coalition’s spokesperson, did not say how the ICRC or the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Yemen had responded to the request to investigate the Houthi allegations.

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