Arab coalition to probe Yemen funeral carnage
SANAA: The Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen said yesterday it will investigate an air raid that killed more than 140 people, after Washington announced it was reviewing support for the alliance.
The Iran-backed Huthi rebels have blamed the Arab coalition for Saturday’s attack, one of the deadliest since it launched a military campaign against the Shiite insurgents in March last year.
The attack could further sour US-Saudi ties already strained over the coalition’s military intervention which is suspected of causing almost half of the more than 4,000 civilian deaths in Yemen’s conflict.
After initially denying responsibility, the coalition said it was ready to launch a probe into the “regrettable and painful” strike, which the UN said also injured over 525.
“The coalition will immediately investigate this case along with... experts from the US who participated in previous investigations,” it said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.
“The coalition is also willing to provide the investigation team with any data and information related to its military operations today, at the incident’s location and the surrounding areas,” it said.
The UN said aid workers were “shocked and outraged” by the attack that hit a community hall in Sanaa where mourners had gathered.
The rebel-controlled sabanews.net said coalition planes hit after hundreds had gathered to mourn the death of the father of rebel interior minister Jalal al-Rowaishan and denounced the “massacre”. – AFP