Four Saudi-led Coalition Jets Kill 20 At A Wake In Yemen — Residents

Sep 8th, 2015 | By | Category: News Posts
Saudi Arabia continues to bomb in Yemen, despite U.N. ceasefire.

Saudi Arabia continues to kill civilians in its proxy war with Iran in Yemen.

* Saudi-led alliance strikes back after base attacked

* Wake appears to have been hit by accident

* Hospital badly damaged, calls for international help (Adds al Qaeda denial that it was behind some recent attacks in Aden)

By Mohammed Ghobari

SANAA, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Jets belonging to a Saudi-led coalition killed at least 20 people at a wake in northern Yemen on Sunday, local tribesmen said, as warplanes pounded Houthis and other forces behind a missile strike that had killed dozens of Gulf Arab soldiers.

The air strikes targeted troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, an ally of the Houthis, across the country and hit a Houthi base in what had been the al-Imam University, a religious school in northern Sanaa, locals said.

But residents said the deadliest strike was in al-Jouf province north of Sanaa, where warplanes hit a wake for a local who had been killed by Houthi gunfire, in what was apparently an accidental strike by the coalition.

A spokesman for the coalition could not immediately be reached for a comment.

In Sanaa, residents said buildings had been levelled as explosions rang through the night and morning before stopping around noon. There were unconfirmed reports of two deaths.

The al-Sabeen maternity and children’s hospital said it had been damaged, with patients trapped inside, and appealed to international organisations to help evacuate them.

The Saudi-led coalition says it does not target civilian facilities. But on Saturday, at least 27 members of two families were killed in Sanaa by air strikes targeting Houthi positions in the city, according to hospital officials.

Read the rest of this story here: 4-Saudi-led coalition jets kill 20 at a wake in Yemen -residents | Reuters.

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