Two Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff members who reside in Sa'ada City were in their houses close to the prison at the time of the airstrike. They described hearing fighter jets and then three separate explosions.
"There is no way to deny that this is an airstrike, everyone in Sa'ada City heard it," said one of the MSF staff. "I live one kilometer from the prison and my house was shaking from the explosions."
The coalition described reports that the prison had been hit and detainees hurt as "baseless and unfounded," but an MSF staff member who visited the site of the prison confirmed that it had been destroyed, and a second MSF staff member at the city's al-Gumhourriyeh Hospital described the hospital as overwhelmed with the wounded.
"The hospital is facing a very difficult situation this morning, with casualties lying on the floor," he said. "There are not enough beds for all of the wounded."
MSF organized donations of medical equipment to al-Gumhourriyeh Hospital in the immediate aftermath of the airstrike and sent a truck with more donations from Sana'a the same day. MSF is working with the Ministry of Health to see how to further support the hospital in dealing with this influx of casualties.