Saudi-led coali­tion airstrike kills dozens

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

An airstrike by a Saudiled coali­tion on Satur­day tar­geted a fu­neral hall packed with mourn­ers in Ye­men’s cap­i­tal, Sanaa, killing at least 82 peo­ple and turn­ing the site into a “lake of blood,” ac­cord­ing to a se­nior Health Min­istry official.

Nasser al-Ar­galy, the Health Min­istry’s un­der­sec­re­tary, told a news con­fer­ence that the strike also left 534 peo­ple wounded. The ca­su­alty fig­ures were not fi­nal, he added.

Ye­meni se­cu­rity and medical of­fi­cials said the dead and wounded in­clude mil­i­tary and se­cu­rity of­fi­cials from the ranks of the Shi­ite Houthi rebels fight­ing the in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized gov­ern­ment of Pres­i­dent Abed Rabbo Man­sour Hadi as well as their al­lies, loy­al­ists of Pres­i­dent Ali Ab­dul­lah Saleh.

Among those killed was Maj. Gen. Ab­dul-Qader Hi­lal, head of the cap­i­tal’s lo­cal coun­cil. Satur­day’s fu­neral was held for Sheikh Ali al-Raw­is­han, fa­ther of Galal al-Raw­is­han, the in­te­rior min­is­ter.

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