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Air strikes in Yemen's kill 60 people

Saudi-led coalition air strikes on security buildings in Yemen's west have killed 60 people and 35 injured. One of the buildings was a detention center, where over 100 inmates were being held.

The attack in the city of Hodeidah came two days after the coalition said they had intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile allegedly fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels targeting the Saudi city of Mecca, Islam's holiest city. The Houthis denied the claim.

"Sixty people in total were killed and dozens were wounded," said a health official. "All the victims are civilians," Abdel-Rahman Jarallah, the director of Hudaydah health office, said.

Most of the victims were anti-rebel detainees who were being held in two cells at the detention centre in Zaidia, north of Hodeidah., a source who requested anonymity told the German news service DPA.

It remains unclear why the coalition would hit a detention centre holding anti-rebel inmates.

Strikes on residential buildings killed 17 people on Saturday and wounded seven in the battleground town of Salo, southeast of Yemen's third city Taez. The sabanews.net website said four raids had completely destroyed three residential buildings. "All those in the houses were killed," one source told the French agency AFP.

Forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi's government have been locked in deadly battles with Iran-backed Shiite Huthi rebels who overran the capital Sanaa in 2014.

jbh/rc (dpa, AFP)

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