Yemen: Airstrike on prison leaves dozens dead
03 February 2022 | 6:31 am
In Yemen, the death toll from a Saudi-led coalition airstrike on a prison run by rival Houthis has climbed to at least 82. The coalition denied targeting the facility. The attack marks an escalation in the country's seven-year civil war.
At least 38 inmates were killed and dozens more injured in a fire on Tuesday at the main prison in Burundi's capital Gitega, the country's vice president said. Twelve died of asphyxia as they tried to flee the burning buildings and 26 died of severe injuries, Vice President Prosper Bazombanza told reporters at the Gitega Prison after the fire. Video Credit: Sos Médias Burundi
A massive fire in Burundi's capital kills at least 38 people; Benin's opposition candidate is sentenced to 10 years in prison for treason; and we go to DR Congo where those suffering from HIV/AIDS are hesitant to seek treatment because of stigma.
According to the United Nations, during a week in August in Cameroon's Far North, 32 people were killed and dozens wounded in clashes between Musgum fishermen and Choa Arab herders, The authorities said the clashes were sparked by disputes over access to water.
Authorities have said at least 208 people have died in the Philippines, with thousands of others losing their homes. Rescue operations continue around the clock.
Local officials are informing the public through social media posts about the extent of damage in their own regions, with one official saying at least 63 died in his province. Emergency rescue operations are under way.
Alaa Abdel Fatah was a prominent figure in the 2011 revolution that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak. The activist's family have long decried the conditions of his years-long detention.
Civilians and UN agencies were asked to leave the airport, which is controlled by the Iran-backed Houthi movement. It's still unclear whether the strikes caused any damage or casualties.
The High Court in South Africa has ruled that the former president be allowed to appeal a decision setting aside medical parole. Last week it was decided he should return to jail.
The Yemen civil war has created one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. The Houthi-backed foreign minister Hisham Sharaf tells DW his "government" will not stop fighting until the Saudi-led coalition withdraws.
Violence between fishing and herder communities has left at least 25 people dead in Cameroon's Far North region. Thousands of residents have fled to neighbouring Chad.
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