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SANA’A, YEMEN – DECEMBER 13: A soldier looks at clothes of victims killed in airstrikes targeted the prison on December 13, 2017 in Sana’a, Yemen. More than 12 prisoners killed and 80 others injured in airstrikes targeted the prison in Sana’a on Wednesday. (Photo by Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images)

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SANAA, YEMEN – DECEMBER 13: A view of the scene after a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen on December 13, 2017. At least 12 prisoners were reportedly killed and scores injured in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Yemeni capital Sanaa, according to a pro-Houthi television. The strike targeted a military camp in eastern Sanaa, Al Masira television said. (Photo by Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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SANA’A, YEMEN – DECEMBER 13: People walk on rubble of a prison after it was hit by airstrikes on December 13, 2017 in Sana’a, Yemen. More than 12 prisoners killed and 80 others injured in airstrikes targeted the prison in Sana’a. (Photo by Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images)

From BBC News:

A guard said an initial attack damaged one wing of the jail, prompting some inmates to try to escape. Then another strike almost demolished the building.

The raid on the camp in eastern Sanaa began in the early hours of Tuesday.

One of the guards at the camp’s prison, Mohammed al-Aqel, told AFP news agency that it was hit at least five times, and that several buildings and a perimeter wall were heavily damaged.

An official told Reuters news agency that about 180 people were being detained at the jail, and that 35 bodies had so far been pulled from the rubble.

The Houthis’ Al-Masirah TV put the death toll at 30 and said all of those who died were prisoners.

There was no immediate comment from the coalition.

However, it has carried out a series of air strikes on Houthi positions in Sanaa since clashes erupted two weeks ago between Houthi fighters and supporters of their former ally, ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

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