Yemen wedding party bombed by Saudi coalition, killing at least 20

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY IAN TIMBERLAKE A picture taken on November 16, 2015 shows a Saudi pilot walking past a F-15 fighter jet at the Khamis Mushayt military airbase, some 880 km from the capital Riyadh, as the Saudi army conducts operations over Yemen. AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE === PHOTO TAKEN DURING A GUIDED MILITARY TOUR === / AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE

Witnesses say dozens more injured, and many others possibly killed, in attack on Hajja, northwest Yemen.

Air strikes by the Saudi-led military coalition killed at least 20 people at a wedding in a village in northwestern Yemen late on Sunday, residents and medical sources have said.

The head of al-Jumhouri hospital in Houthi-controlled Hajjah province told Reuters by telephone that the hospital had received 40 bodies, most of them torn to pieces, and that 46 people had been injured, including 30 children, in air strikes that hit a wedding gathering.

Medics, and residents of Bani Qais where the wedding was taking place, told news agencies that 20 people attending the celebration were killed and at least 40 injured.

“We take this report very seriously and it will be fully investigated as all reports of this nature are,” a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition told Reuters.

Al-Masirah, the Houthi-controlled TV station, said on its Twitter account that 33 people had been killed and 55 wounded.

Saudi Arabia and its allies have been accused of multiple war crimes by rights groups since entering the war in Yemen in 2015.

Its bombs have killed hundreds of civilians at hospitals, schools and markets.

The Saudi military conducts internal investigations and has regularly cleared itself of wrongdoing.

The Western-backed alliance has been fighting a war for three years against the armed Houthi movement which controls the area and much of northern Yemen.

It has launched thousands of air strikes in a campaign to restore the internationally recognised government.

The coalition says it does not target civilians and has set up an investigation committee into alleged mass casualty air strikes which have mostly cleared the coalition of any blame.

The Yemen war has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced more than 2 million and driven the country to the verge of famine, according to the United Nations.

Source: Middle East Eye


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