82 Killed After Saudi-led Coalition Airstrike Hits Yemen Funeral

Source: Time

By Ahmed Al-Haj / AP

(SANAA, Yemen) — A senior health official in Yemen says an airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition that targeted a funeral hall packed with mourners has killed at least 82 people.

Nasser al-Argaly, the Health Ministry’s undersecretary, says Saturday’s strike also left 534 people wounded.

Al-Argaly, addressing a news conference, says the casualty figures are not final.

Yemeni security and medical officials say the dead and wounded include military and security officials from the ranks of the Shiite Houthi rebels fighting the internationally-recognized government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi as well as their allies, loyalists of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

The Saudi-led coalition backs Hadi’s government in Yemen’s ongoing civil war.

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