Airstrikes kill scores at Yemen wedding

Adjust Comment Print

The political leader of Yemen's Huthi rebels, Saleh al-Sammad, was killed last week in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition, the Iran-allied rebels said on Monday.

The top provincial health official, Khaled al-Nadhri, told the Associated Press that most of those killed were women and children who had gathered in one of the tents at the party.

The number of victims of the crime by the US-Saudi aggression on wedding ceremony in Bani Qais district of northern Hajjah increased to 33 martyrs and 55 wounded, including women and children.

A coalition led by Saudi Arabia has been fighting Iranian Houthi rebels in Yemen for more than two years.

The coalition has carried out thousands of air strikes in Yemen that have hit schools, markets and hospitals, killing hundreds of people - though it says it does not target civilians.

More news: Barcelona thrash Sevilla to win King's Cup again
More news: Beyonce Shuts Down Second Coachella Performance With Another Special Guest
More news: Iowa unemployment drops to 2.8 percent, 5th lowest in US

Jordan on Friday strongly denounced targeting Saudi Arabia with a ballistic missile that was sacked by Yemen's Houthi militias and shot down by Saudi air defence.

"The escalated bombardment of residential areas proves the desperation and inability of the invaders in achieving their goals", foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said in a statement.

Saudi Arabia reported on Sunday the interception of a missile that was targeting the same city, while another landed in a secluded desert area of the border city. Sunday's deadly strike in Hajjah was one of a series to have struck weddings in Yemen's conflict, which has killed almost 10,000 people and wounded 54,000 others since March 2015.

On October 7, 2015, another air raid killed 43 people at a wedding in Sanaban village in the Dhammar governorate in Yemen.

The Lebanese aid worker, Hanna Lahoud, was shot dead in Taez on Saturday by unidentified assailants who sprayed his Red Cross vehicle with bullets.