Arab coali­tion to probe Ye­men fu­neral car­nage

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE Saudi-led coali­tion fight­ing rebels in Ye­men said it will in­ves­ti­gate an air raid that killed some 140 peo­ple at a fu­neral, after the US said it was re­view­ing sup­port for the al­liance.

The Iran-backed Huthi rebels blamed the coali­tion for the Oc­to­ber 8 at­tack, one of the dead­li­est since the al­liance launched a mil­i­tary cam­paign against the Shi­ite in­sur­gents in March 2015.

The at­tack could fur­ther sour USSaudi ties al­ready strained over the coali­tion’s mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion, which is sus­pected of caus­ing al­most half of the more than 4000 civil­ian deaths in Ye­men’s con­flict.

It also risks em­bar­rass­ing Wash­ing­ton, which has ve­he­mently crit­i­cised Moscow over the heavy civil­ian death toll in Aleppo from Rus­sian air raids in sup­port of Syria’s regime.

After ini­tially deny­ing any re­spon­si­bil­ity, the coali­tion said it was ready to launch a probe into the “re­gret­table” strike, which the UN said also wounded more than 525 peo­ple.

“The coali­tion will im­me­di­ately in­ves­ti­gate this case along with ... ex­perts from the US who par­tic­i­pated in pre­vi­ous in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” it said.

Riyadh’s key ally Wash­ing­ton said it had launched an “im­me­di­ate re­view” of sup­port to the coali­tion.

“US se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion with Saudi Ara­bia is not a blank cheque,” said White House Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil spokesper­son Ned Price.

The Huthis ac­cused the coali­tion of a “mas­sacre”, say­ing its planes hit a gath­er­ing of hun­dreds mourn­ing the death of the fa­ther of rebel in­te­rior min­is­ter Jalal al-Rowais­han.

Thou­sands of protesters took to the streets of Sanaa, chant­ing slo­gans against Saudi Ara­bia and the US. The coali­tion has come un­der in­creas­ing scru­tiny over civil­ian deaths. –

Photo: AFP

Com­man­dos pa­trol the Yor­ck­ge­biet dis­trict of Chem­nitz, eastern Ger­many, where po­lice hunt­ing a fugi­tive bomb plot sus­pect raided a flat on Oc­to­ber 9.

Photo: AFP

Ye­me­nis sal­vage items from the rub­ble of the de­stroyed fu­neral hall build­ing in Sanaa on Oc­to­ber 8.

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