Row over Sanaa strike con­tin­ues

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The UAE Min­is­ter of State for For­eign Af­fairs has de­nied the Saudi-led coali­tion was be­hind the airstrike that killed more than 140 peo­ple and wounded more than 525 at a fu­neral hall in Ye­men. An­war Mo­hamed Gar­gash was speak­ing af­ter the at­tack on Satur­day. He tweeted: “The coali­tion de­nied any op­er­a­tions in the re­gion. “The coali­tion state­ment about the fu­neral hall tragedy was ev­i­dent, as well as an­nounc­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the Amer­i­can ex­pe­ri­ence.” Ear­lier, a UN of­fi­cial told the As­so­ci­ated Press that the at­tack was the work of the Saudis. Jamie McGoldrick, the UN hu­man­i­tar­ian co­or­di­na­tor in Ye­men, said: “The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity must ex­ert pres­sure and in­flu­ence on all par­ties to the con­flict to en­sure civil­ians are pro­tected. “This vi­o­lence against civil­ians in Ye­men must stop im­me­di­ately.” Yes­ter­day, thou­sands of Ye­me­nis were re­ported to have marched in the cap­i­tal Sanaa in protest af­ter the airstrike on the fu­neral hall. Some of the demon­stra­tors who marched out­side the UN build­ing in south­ern Sanaa blamed the or­gan­i­sa­tion for not end­ing the con­flict. The Saudi mil­i­tary an­nounced early yes­ter­day that it would launch an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into “re­ports about the re­gret­table and painful bomb­ing” in Sanaa, but de­nied re­spon­si­bil­ity. It added: “The coali­tion con­firms that its troops have clear in­struc­tions not to tar­get pop­u­lated area and to avoid civil­ians.”

AF­TER­MATH: The scenes fol­low­ing the airstrike that killed over 140 peo­ple

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