Coali­tion blames wrong in­for­ma­tion for bomb­ing

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

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion team with the Saudi-led coali­tion said on Satur­day that wrong in­for­ma­tion led to the lethal bomb­ing of a packed fu­neral in the Ye­meni cap­i­tal Sanaa last week­end, which killed around 140 peo­ple and wounded more than 600.

The Joint In­ci­dents As­sess­ment Team ac­cused “a party af­fil­i­ated to the Ye­meni Pres­i­dency of the Gen­eral Chief of Staff” of pass­ing wrong in­for­ma­tion that the hall was packed with Houthi lead­ers, whom the coali­tion has been tar­get­ing since their mili­tias swept the cap­i­tal last year and forced Ye­men’s in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized gov­ern­ment into ex­ile in Riyadh. It added that the party in­sisted the lo­ca­tion was “a le­git­i­mate mil­i­tary tar­get,” the state­ment writ­ten in English said. It also said the Air Op­er­a­tion Cen­ter in Ye­men di­rected a “close air sup­port mis­sion” with­out get­ting ap­proval from the coali­tion’s com­mand. The com­mit­tee said com­pen­sa­tion must be of­fered to the fam­i­lies.

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