Arab coali­tion to probe Ye­men fu­neral car­nage

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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

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