Dozens Martyred, Injured as Saudi Warplanes Target Yemen Wedding Ceremony

23 April, 2018, 21:53 | Author: Nina Hammond
  • Yemenis check the damage in a power station in the aftermath of a reported air strike by the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemeni capital Sanaa

At least 33 people were killed and 41 wounded after airstrikes hit a wedding party in northwest Yemen on Sunday night, medic Abdullah Nusari and a municipal official told CNN.

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.

A local official told AFP that at least 23 civilians, including women and children, were killed and 36 others wounded in the attack.

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 is yet to comment on the reports.

A wedding ceremony in Yemen was targeted by Saudi airstrikes as the kingdom continues with its relentless war on the impoverished country.

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Yemen's Houthi rebels state their behaving head of condition was murdered in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition.

Yemen has been embroiled in a conflict between the Saudi-backed government and the Iran-backed Houthis since late 2014.

It was not the first deadly strike on a wedding during Yemen's conflict, which has killed almost 10,000 people since the coalition intervened in March 2015 to battle the Iran-backed Huthis and restore Yemen's internationally recognised government to power.

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

Almost 10,000 people have since been killed in the conflict, which has sparked what the United Nations has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

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