Air strike kills 82 at Yemen funeral

The funeral was being held for the father of the interior minister
The funeral was being held for the father of the interior minister

At least 82 people have been killed and more than 500 injured in a strike on a funeral gathering in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, rebel officials say.

The Houthi-run government said the hall had been hit by an air strike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition backing the internationally-recognised government of Yemen.

The coalition has denied carrying out a strike, suggesting “other causes”.

Thousands of civilians have been killed since the war began in 2014.

The attack targeted the funeral of the father of Houthi-appointed Interior Minister Galal al-Rawishan, an ally of the rebels and of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

One rescuer, Murad Tawfiq, described the scene as a “lake of blood”, the Associated Press news agency reports.


SOURCE: BBC News Online

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