Dozens killed in Yemen’s rebel funeral hall airstrike
More than 140 people have been killed and over 500 injured in air strikes on a funeral gathering in Yemen’s capital Sanaa. Jamie McGoldrick, the UN humanitarian co-ordinator for Yemen, condemned “the horrific attack”.
The rebel Houthi-run government said a Saudi-led coalition was responsible – a claim Saudi Arabia denied.
The Shi’ite rebels blamed Saudi-led warplanes but the coalition quickly denied any role in the attack. Witnesses say a missile tore through a hall in the south of the city where a wake for the father of the interior minister was being held.
“The planes struck twice while they were at the wake. We don’t know how many victims there are but there are a lot of civilian casualties,” said Salim Hadwan, a witness at the scene.
“US security co-operation with Saudi Arabia is not a blank check,” White House National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said.
He said Washington was “prepared to adjust our support so as to better align with US principles, values and interests, including achieving an immediate and durable end to Yemen’s tragic conflict”.
The Saudi-led coalition is backing the internationally-recognised government of Yemen.
Thousands of civilians have been killed since the war began in 2014.