Saudi-led airstrike hits funeral in Yemeni capital Sanaa, scores of casualties reported

Saudi-led airstrike hits funeral in Yemeni capital Sanaa, scores of casualties reported



A bombardment carried out by Saudi-led coalition jets has rocked a funeral ceremony in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, leaving multiple people dead and injured, news agencies report, citing local officials and medics.

The Saudi-led coalition targeted a building hosting a Houthi funeral ceremony in the capital of Yemen, Sanaa, AP reports, citing a local security official. According to the outlet, the attack caused an unknown number of casualties, which included military and security officials from the rebel movement.

A missile tore through the hall of the building, leaving many dead and injured, Reuters reported, citing eyewitnesses. According to the news agency, a medic said that he saw “mutilated and charred bodies,” adding that the funeral was being held for the deceased father of the Houthi rebels’ Interior Minister.

On their official website, Houthi rebels claim that at least 100 people were injured in the bombardment, TASS reports.

Earlier images of a destroyed building, partly still aflame, have emerged on social media, with some people alleging the devastation was caused by a Saudi-led coalition strike.

Sputnik news agency was also told by a source at the scene that the incident was caused by a Saudi-led bombardment that left dozens of people dead or injured.

The total count of those injured and dead may reach the hundreds, the source told Sputnik.

There has been no official confirmation as to what exactly caused the destruction, however. 

Tensions in Yemen spiraled after President Ali Abdullah Saleh was deposed in 2012. In response, his Houthi supporters – reportedly aided by Iran – seized the capital city of Sanaa in 2014, before advanced to the south and seizing large parts of Yemen, forcing current Sunni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi into exile.

In March of 2015, the Saudi-led coalition began airstrikes in order to stop Houthi advances and restore Hadi to power.

By late summer of that year, Saudi-led forces had launched a ground operation as well.

One of the deadliest attacks occurred after the coalition’s aircraft attacked a crowded marketplace in Mastaba, a village in Yemen’s northern Hajja governorate in April. The UN children’s agency, UNICEF, put the death toll from that airstrike at 119, including 22 children.

In August, at least 11 people were killed and 19 injured in an airstrike that targeted a hospital in northwestern Hajjah province, according to Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

Earlier that month, at least 10 children were killed and almost 30 injured at a school in northwest Yemen, MSF reported. That strike was also blamed on the Saudi-led coalition.

Source: Word News