- Title: Yemenis vent against Saudis as they bury Sanaa mayor, killed in strike
- Date: 10th October 2016
- Summary: SANAA, YEMEN (OCTOBER 10, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF MOURNERS MARCHING AT FUNERAL FOR MAYOR OF SANAA, ABDEL QADER HILAL, CHANTING (Arabic): "There is no God but Allah. The Saudis are the enemies of Allah." MOURNERS CARRYING WRAPPED BODY OF MAYOR ABOVE THEIR HEADS, PASSING THROUGH CROWD PICTURE OF DECEASED MAYOR HANGING IN STREET AMBULANCE DRIVING THROUGH CROWDS OF MOURNERS AS THEY MARCH IN FUNERAL MOURNERS MARCHING IN FUNERAL MEN MARCHING IN FUNERAL WITH PICTURES OF MAYOR TAPED TO THEIR BACKS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MOURNER AT FUNERAL, YAHYA MOHAMMED SAREE, SAYING: "This act is completely void of humanitarian norms and is unprecedented and considered one of the most serious crimes to date." MOURNERS MARCHING IN FUNERAL CHANTING (Arabic): "There is no God but Allah. The Saudis are the enemies of Allah." VARIOUS OF FUNERAL MARCH
- Embargoed: 25th October 2016 11:25
- Keywords: Yemen Sanaa funeral attack protesters investigation bombing wake Saudi Arabia Abdel Qader Hilal Mayor of Sanaa
- Location: SANAA, YEMEN
- City: SANAA, YEMEN
- Country: Yemen
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA00153FA6VB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Thousands of Yemenis marched on Monday (October 10) at the funeral of the mayor of Sanaa killed in a deadly air strike over the weekend on a mourning hall that was widely blamed on Saudi-led forces.
Seething with anger over the air strike that killed more than 140 people and wounded more than 500, the mourners chanted anti-Saudi slogans, describing the kingdom and its people as the "enemies of God".
Sanaa's Mayor, Abdel Qader Hilal, was killed by the air strike which hit the wake on Saturday (October 8) as he paid his respects at funeral of the father of a pro-Houthi interior minister.
The wake was attended by some of the country's top political and security officials, outraging Yemeni society and potentially galvanising powerful tribes to join the Houthis in opposing a Saudi-backed exiled government.
In an act of apparent revenge, Yemen's Houthi movement fired ballistic missiles at Saudi Arabia, and the United States said a failed missile attack from Houthi-controlled areas targeted one of its warships.
Riyadh is leading a coalition of Arab states which began launching air strikes in Yemen 18 months ago to restore to power ousted President Abd Rabbu Mansour al-Hadi, who was driven from the capital two years ago by the Houthis.
The Houthis, fighters from a Shi'ite sect that ruled a thousand-year kingdom in northern Yemen until 1962, are allied to Hadi's predecessor Ali Abdullah Saleh. They have the support of many army units and control most of the north including the capital Sanaa.
The war has killed at least 10,000 people and brought parts of Yemen, by far the poorest country in the Arabian peninsula, to the brink of starvation. Both sides accuse the other of war crimes.
The Saudis say the Houthis are stooges of their enemy Iran. The Houthis say they have led a national revolt against a corrupt government, and the country is now being punished by its rich and aggressive Gulf Arab neighbours with U.S. political and military support.
Riyadh has denied responsibility for Saturday's air strike, one of the bloodiest incidents of the war.
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