At least 82 people have been killed, and a further 534 people wounded, following an aistrike, reportedly by Saudi-led warplanes, on a hall filled with mourners, in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a.
Saudi-led warplanes killed at least 82 people when they struck mourners at a hall in the Yemeni capital Sana’a on Saturday, the acting health minister in the Houthi-run administration said, but the coalition denied any role in the incident.
Ghazi Ismail also said that 534 other people were wounded in the airstrike in the southern part of the city, where a wake was taking place for the father of the administration’s interior minister, Jalal al-Roweishan, who had died of natural causes on Friday.
The death toll was one of the largest in any single incident since the Saudi-led alliance began military operations to try to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power following his ousting by the Iran-aligned Houthis in March 2015.
“The Saudi aggression committed a major crime today, by attacking a mourning hall for the al-Roweishan family, targeting residents in the hall. As a result, 534 were wounded and 82 were martyred,” Ismail told a news conference in Sana’a.
Sources in the Saudi-led coalition said there was no Arab coalition air role in the strike.