Saudi airstrikes ruthlessly target crowded funeral ceremony in Yemeni capital Sana’a

Published October 9th, 2016 - 04:00 GMT
Saudi jets hit a funeral in the south of the Yemeni capital Sana'a on Saturday, October 8, 2016. (Provided by Yemeni media)
Saudi jets hit a funeral in the south of the Yemeni capital Sana'a on Saturday, October 8, 2016. (Provided by Yemeni media)

Yemen's al-Masirah television quoted the health ministry as saying on Saturday that the number of casualties stood at about 140. However, it was not clear how many people were killed.

The Saudi jets conducted at least nine airstrikes on Khamis street in southern Sana'a. The building where the event was underway was seriously damaged in the attacks.

The funeral was for the father of a senior Yemeni official.

The report said hospitals in the capital were desperately in need of blood donations.

In September last year, Saudi jets bombarded a wedding ceremony in the town of Mokha in the southwestern province of Ta’izz, killing over 130 civilians. The victims were mostly women and children.

Saudi Arabia has been engaged in a deadly campaign against Yemen since March 2015. Riyadh’s aggression, which has killed more than 10,000 in Yemen, was launched in an attempt to restore power to Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh who has resigned as Yemen’s president but seeks to force his way back into power.


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