Saudi-led coali­tion airstrike hits funeral, kills 82

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT -

SANAA, Ye­men (AP): AN AIRSTRIKE by a Saudi-led coali­tion yes­ter­day tar­geted a funeral hall packed with mourn­ers in Ye­men’s cap­i­tal, Sanaa, killing at least 82 peo­ple and turn­ing the site into a “lake of blood”, ac­cord­ing to a se­nior health min­istry of­fi­cial.

Nasser al-Ar­galy, the health min­istry’s un­der­sec­re­tary, told a news con­fer­ence that the strike also left 534 peo­ple wounded. The ca­su­alty fig­ures were not fi­nal, he added.

Ye­meni se­cu­rity and med­i­cal of­fi­cials said the dead and wounded in­clude mil­i­tary and se­cu­rity of­fi­cials from the ranks of the Shi­ite Houthi rebels fight­ing the in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised govern­ment of Pres­i­dent Abed Rabbo Man­sour Hadi, as well as their al­lies, loy­al­ists of Pres­i­dent Ali Ab­dul­lah Saleh.

Among those killed was Ma­jor Gen­eral Ab­dulQader Hi­lal, head of the cap­i­tal’s lo­cal coun­cil, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cials.

Yes­ter­day’s funeral was held for Sheikh Ali al­Raw­is­han, fa­ther of Galal al-Raw­is­han, the in­te­rior min­is­ter in the rebel-led govern­ment. Galal AlRish­wan was se­ri­ously wounded in the at­tack.

In the af­ter­math of the strike, hun­dreds of body parts were found strewn in and out­side the hall. Res­cuers col­lected them in sacks. The strike left the build­ing lit­tle more than a shell, with most of its walls and roof gone. Cars parked out­side were man­gled by the blast.

AP

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