US Condemns Saudi-led Coalition Bombing Yemen Funeral

Oct 10th, 2016 | By | Category: News Posts
Saudi Arabia has bombed virtually every school and hospital in Yemen with US and EU supplied weapons

Saudi Arabia has bombed virtually every school and hospital in Yemen with US and EU supplied weapons

Over the weekend, a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a funeral in Yemen. The funeral was for the father of the rebel-appointed Interior Minister Jalal al Rowaishan. At least 155 people were killed and hundreds more were injured. At least 20 civilians lost limbs according to the German Hospital’s medical staff in Sanaa.

Robert Mardini, the regional director for the International Committee of the Red Cross, condemned the attack calling an it “outrageous loss of civilian life” and stating, “civilians in Yemen have already paid far too heave a price these past 18 months.”

Shortly after the attack, the White House condemned the airstrike. “US Security cooperation with Saudi Arabia is not a blank check… Even as we assist Saudi Arabia regarding the defense of their territorial integrity, we have and will continue to express our serious concerns about the conflict in Yemen and how it has been waged,” said US National Security Council Spokesman, Ned Price.

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Price added that the US is reevaluating its support for the Saudi-led coalition, “in light of this and other recent incidents, we have initiated an immediate review of our already significantly reduced support to the Saudi-led coalition and are 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 denied accusations that it was responsible for the attack and said they too will “immediately investigate” reports that its warplanes were responsible for the airstrikes. “The coalition confirms that its troops have clear instructions not to target populated areas and to avoid civilians,” the Saudi Press Agency said in a statement.


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