Saturday, October 8, 2016

Yemen: Over 450 dead and wounded in Saudi air strike on Sanaa mourners

SANAA, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Saudi-led coalition aircraft fired rockets at mourners for the father of the interior minister in the Houthi-dominated Yemeni government on Saturday, causing many casualties, witnesses and medics said.

They said a missile tore through a hall in the south of the capital Sanaa where a wake for the father of Interior Minister Jalal al-Roweishan was being held, destroying the building.

There was no immediate comment from the Saudi-led coalition on the report.

(Reuters) A senior official at the Houthi-run Yemeni Health Ministry said on Saturday that more than 450 people had been injured or killed in a Saudi-led air strike on mourners in the Yemeni capital Sanaa.

"The number of casualties from the air force of the Saudi-American aggression at the main hall in the capital Sanaa has risen to more than 450 dead and wounded," the Houthi-run Saba news agency quoted Abdul-Salam al-Madani, a deputy to the health minister, as saying.

He provided no breakdown of the number of dead and wounded. The agency published pictures showing several charred or mutilated bodies.