Air strike kills 16 members of Yemeni imam’s family

August 31, 2016 | By | Reply More

Aug  31, – The coalition has been giving air support to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in his fight against Iran-allied Houthi militia who have seized much of Yemen since 2014, but has drawn criticism over civilian casualties incurred in the campaign.

Air strike kills 16 members of Yemeni imam's familyAt least 16 members of the extended family of a Yemeni mosque imam were killed on Wednesday in an air strike on their family home in northern Yemen by the Saudi-led Arab coalition, a Reuters witness, a medic and a resident said.

Witnesses said missiles struck a house of the imam, identified as Saleh Abu Zainah, in Saada, the capital of Saada province in northern Yemen, the home territory of the Houthis who hail from the Zaydi branch of Shi’ite Islam.

The imam, his family, his two sons and their families all died in the attack, including at least four children, they said.

A Saudi military spokesman said the coalition was checking whether the report was true and that an investigation would be conducted and its results published if the incident was verified.

Pictures taken by a Reuters photographer showed men digging up the body of a child from under the rubble.

“The air raid happened in the morning and because the house was made of mud, it took us until noon to be able to dig the bodies out,” said Nayef, a resident who helped remove the rubble to recover the bodies.

A medic said rescue workers were concerned about fresh air strikes when they arrived at the scene and found aircraft still hovering overhead.

It was at least the fourth strike by the Saudi-led coalition on a civilian target since U.N.-sponsored peace talks between the Houthis and their General People’s Congress party allies on one side and the Saudi-backed Yemeni government on the other ended without an agreement earlier this month.

A rocket launched from inside Yemen into Saudi Arabia later on Wednesday killed a Saudi soldier in the southern city of Najran, according to the Saudi interior ministry.

Saudi authorities say a wave of shelling by the Houthis since August has killed 29 civilians, including children, and injured around 300 in Najran.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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