More than 140 killed in air strikes on funeral ceremony in Yemen: UN

A Yemeni inspects the rubble of the destroyed building. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Sanaa, Capital Municipality, Yemen Oct 09, 2016, 01.39 AM (IST)

More than 140 people were killed and more than 525 injured on Saturday in air strikes on a funeral ceremony in Yemen, a United Nations official said told AFP  with Houthi rebels blaming the attack on the Saudi-led coalition.

The UN humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, said aid workers were "shocked and outraged" by the attacks that hit a community hall in the capital Sanaa where mourners had gathered, AFP reported.

The UN aid official has called for an immediate investigation and said the international community must exert pressure to ensure civilians are protected.

"This violence against civilians in Yemen must stop immediately," said McGoldrick.

Saturday’s strike was one of the deadliest attacks since the bombing campaign began in support of Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

In a statement to AFP, the Saudi-led coalition said it had no operations at the location and "other causes" for the incident must be considered.

The coalition "has in the past avoided such gatherings and (they) have never been a subject of targeting," it said.


(WION with inputs from AFP)

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