Yemen: Airstrikes kill 70, internet outages

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Another airstrike hit a telecommunications building in the strategic port city of Hodeidah earlier on Friday, causing internet outages across the country, according to NetBlocks, an organization that tracks network outages. Save the Children said at least three children were killed in that attack.

The Norwegian Refugee Council said the ongoing internet blackout as of Friday night would affect aid deliveries.

The Iranian-backed Houthi rebels that control much of Yemen have blamed the Saudi-led coalition for the attack. CNN has reached out to the coalition for comment.

Houthi media outlet Al Masirah showed images of people in the rubble after Friday’s strike at a detention centre in the northern Yemeni city of Sa’ada. The Red Cross said it had delivered emergency medical supplies to two hospitals with a “very high” number of casualties.

“According to my colleagues in Saada, there are still many bodies at the site of the airstrike, and many people are missing,” said Ahmad Mahat, MSF’s Yemen mission leader. “It is impossible to know how many there are. People were killed. It seemed like a horrific act of violence.”

Mahat said a MSF-supported hospital in Saada had been overwhelmed by the influx of wounded and could not take in more. Two other hospitals in the city also suffered heavy casualties, according to MSF.

Multiple rescue workers told CNN that international aid groups have been working to gather details about the strike because of internet outages.

The Saudi-led coalition did not comment on the strike at the telecommunications building or the detention center, but said on Friday it had attacked the port of Hodeidah, destroying “one of the [Houthis’] A den of pirates and organised crime. “

The coalition also said it attacked “military targets” in the capital Sana’a on Friday, claiming it “in response to the threat of a hostile attack,” the Saudi state-owned SPA said.

The ICRC said: “The ICRC is deeply concerned about the intensification of hostilities in recent days, including attacks on cities in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and regrets the loss of life caused by this escalation. ,” said Friday.

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