Saudi-led coali­tion says it ‘wrongly tar­geted’ fu­neral

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE Saudi-led coali­tion bat­tling Ye­meni rebels said that one of its war­planes had “wrongly tar­geted” a fu­neral in the cap­i­tal Sanaa, killing more than 140 peo­ple, and an­nounced dis­ci­plinary mea­sures.

The an­nounce­ment came as an Omani air­craft evac­u­ated from Sanaa more than 100 of the most se­ri­ously wounded in the Oc­to­ber 8 strike, which in­jured at least 525 peo­ple and sparked in­ter­na­tional con­dem­na­tion.

Mus­cat also said that it had me­di­ated the re­lease of two Amer­i­can cit­i­zens held in Yemen and flew them to Oman on Oc­to­ber 15 on the same re­lief flight.

US Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry wel­comed the re­lease but said it was too early to re­veal their iden­ti­ties.

The team in­ves­ti­gat­ing the fu­neral raid said a coali­tion air­craft “wrongly tar­geted” the cer­e­mony based on “in­cor­rect in­for­ma­tion”.

“Ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion ... must be taken against those who caused the in­ci­dent, and ... com­pen­sa­tion must be of­fered to the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims,” it said.

It also called on coali­tion com­man­ders to change their pro­ce­dures to pre­vent any re­peat of the fail­ings that led to the strike.

A state­ment from the coali­tion said it ac­cepted the re­sults of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and ex­pressed “its re­gret at this un­in­ten­tional in­ci­dent and the en­su­ing pain for vic­tims’ fam­i­lies”.

The strike was one of the dead­li­est in the coali­tion’s 19-month-old bomb­ing cam­paign in sup­port of Yemen’s be­lea­guered gov­ern­ment.

More than 6700 peo­ple have been killed in the im­pov­er­ished Ara­bian Penin­sula coun­try since the coali­tion first in­ter­vened, nearly two-thirds of them civil­ians, ac­cord­ing to the United Na­tions. –

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