- Title: Many casualties from air strike on mourners in Yemen
- Date: 8th October 2016
- Summary: SANAA, YEMEN (OCTOBER 8, 2016) (REUTERS) POLICE VEHICLES DRIVING ON ROAD AMBULANCES ON BUSY ROAD PEOPLE AT GATE IN FRONT OF DAMAGED BUILDING PARTIALLY OBSCURED BODY IN AMBULANCE / MAN THROWING PLASTIC BAG OVER BODY PEOPLE CARRYING BODY ON STRETCHER DAMAGED BUILDING SEEN THROUGH GATE PEOPLE CARRYING BODY ON STRETCHER (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) WITNESS, SALIM HADWAN, SAYING: "The planes struck twice while they were at the wake. We don't know how many victims there are but there are a lot of civilian casualties." SMOKE RISING FROM DAMAGED BUILDING WHERE FUNERAL WAS TAKING PLACE / AMBULANCES ON ROAD (AUDIO - AMBULANCE SIRENS)
- Embargoed: 23rd October 2016 17:17
- Keywords: Sanaa Yemen Houthi
- Location: SANAA, YEMEN
- City: SANAA, YEMEN
- Country: Yemen
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA0015359D8N
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES
Saudi-led coalition aircraft fired rockets at mourners at the funeral of the father of the interior minister in the Houthi-dominated Yemeni government on Saturday (October 8), 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 al-Roweishan was being held, destroying the building.
There was no immediate comment from the Saudi-led coalition on the report.
Witnesses described ambulances ferrying casualties from the scene, where a plume of black smoke rose into the sky.
A medic said there were mutilated and charred bodies, but gave no figures.
One hospital said it had treated at least 20 people and sent them home.
Roweishan sided with the Iran-aligned Houthi movement when President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi fled Yemen after the Houthis advanced on his headquarters in the southern port city of Aden in March 2015.
The Saudi-led coalition was formed early last year to fight the Houthis after they took over Sanaa, made gains in other provinces and forced Hadi's government to flee into exile.
U.N.-sponsored talks to try to end the fighting that has killed more than 10,000 people recently collapsed in failure.
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