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Dozens Feared Dead After Airstrikes Hit Prisons in Yemen

Officials say that the Saudi-led airstrikes bombed the al-Zaydiya security headquarters in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida late Saturday.

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    Fire and smoke rise after a Saudi-led airstrike hit a site believed to be one of the largest weapons depots on the outskirts of Yemen's capital, Sanaa, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Yemeni security and medical officials say dozens of prisoners and security personnel are feared dead after airstrikes battered two prisons inside a security headquarters in a western port city.

    The officials say that the Saudi-led airstrikes bombed the al-Zaydiya security headquarters in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida late Saturday. They said the building contained two prisons and that many prisoners along with security forces have been killed in the strikes.

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    The city is under control of Yemen's Shiite Houthi rebels who have seized the capital and much of the northern region in 2014. The Houthis' TV network al-Masirah said that 43 people were killed in the airstrikes but it was not immediately possible to verify its account.

    The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.