At­tack on mourn­ers in Ye­men kills over 140

US rubukes raid, threat­ens to cut sup­port for Saudi-led cam­paign

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

REUTERS/ Saudi-led war­planes struck a funeral at a com­mu­nity hall in the Ye­meni cap­i­tal Sanaa, the coun­try’s Houthi-run ad­min­is­tra­tion said on Satur­day, but the coali­tion de­nied any role in the at­tack.

More than 140 mourn­ers were killed, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal health of­fi­cials cited by the United Na­tions, in an at­tack that prompted a strong re­buke from Wash­ing­ton, a key Saudi ally.

Jamie McGoldrick, a UN of­fi­cial in charge of hu­man­i­tar­ian ef­forts in the coun­try, said more than 525 were in- ju­red. The death toll was 82, ac­cord­ing to Ghazi Is­mail, the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s act­ing health min­is­ter. The rea­son for the dis­crep­ancy in num­bers was not im­me­di­ately clear.

Is­mail said the airstrike oc­curred in the south­ern part of the city, where a wake was tak­ing place for the fa­ther of the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s In­te­rior min­is­ter, Jalal al-Roweis­han, who died of nat­u­ral causes on Fri­day.

The death toll was one of the largest in any sin­gle in­ci­dent since the Saudi-led al­liance be­gan mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions to try to re­store Pres­i­dent Abd-Rabbu Man­sour Hadi to power fol­low­ing his re­moval by the Iranaligned Houthis in March 2015.

“The Saudi ag­gres­sion com­mit­ted a ma­jor crime to­day, by at­tack­ing a mourn­ing hall for the al-Roweis­han fam­ily, tar­get­ing res­i­dents in the hall,” Is­mail told a news con­fer­ence in Sanaa.

In a strongly worded re­buke, the White House said it may con­sider cut­ting its sup­port to the Saudi-led mil­i­tary cam­paign.

/REUTERS

The site of an airstrike said to be by Saudi-led coali­tion air­craft on mourn­ers at a hall where a wake for the fa­ther of Jalal al Roweis­han, In­te­rior min­is­ter in the Houthi-dom­i­nated Ye­meni gov­ern­ment, was be­ing held in Sanaa on Satur­day

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