20 killed, 40 injured in air raid on Yemen wedding: Medics

23 April, 2018, 21:53 | Author: Inez Murphy
  • Airstrike on Wedding Kills More Than 20 in Yemen

At least 20 people have been killed and 40 others wounded in Saudi-led airstrikes that hit a wedding party in northern Yemen, a Yemeni health official said on Monday.

Most of the dead were women and children who were gathering in a tent set up for the wedding party in Hajjah's Bani Qays district on Sunday, a medical official said.

Graphic video of the airstrike's aftermath released by Houthi-run media showed a young boy clinging to his father's corpse and crying as medics tried to pull him away.

Saudi Arabia's southern city Najran, close to the border with Yemen, has suffered the brunt ever since the Houthi militia forces took over swathes of the country in a 2014 coup.

The Saudi-led coalition's spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the incident.

Yemen has been embroiled in a conflict between the Saudi-backed government and the Iran-backed Houthis since late 2014. Errant strikes have killed hundreds of civilians at hospitals, schools and markets.

Yemen has been since March 25, 2015 under a brutal aggression by Saudi-led coalition, which also includes UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan and Kuwait, in a bid to restore power to fugitive former president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

The coalition was in war with all all the rebels as 2015. In October 2016, 140 mourners were killed during an air strike on a house in Sanaa.

Over the past three years, more than 10,000 civilians have been killed and tens of thousands wounded while more than million people have been displaced because of the fighting.

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