20 killed, 40 wounded in air raid on Yemen wedding

April 23, 2018 | By | Reply More

At least 20 people were killed and 40 others wounded in an air raid on a wedding party in Yemen, rescue teams told on Monday.

20 killed, 40 wounded in air raid on Yemen weddingHuthi rebels who control most of northern Yemen blamed the Sunday attack on a Saudi-led Arab coalition that backs the country’s government.

Rescue teams said the wedding was taking place in the Huthi-controlled Bani Qais area of Hajjah province, north of Sanaa, when jets carried out the raid.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Twitter that a hospital it supports in Hajjah received at least 40 patients wounded in the air strikes.

“Medical teams are working around the clock to provide assistance to the victims,” MSF said.

The double air strike on the crowded party venue had left a number of dead bodies buried under rubble, the official said on condition of anonymity.

It said an unspecified number of children and women were among those killed, in addition to at least 30 children wounded.

The Saudi-led coalition’s spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the incident.

It was not the first deadly strike on a wedding during Yemen’s conflict, which has killed nearly 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.

In late 2015, coalition air strikes on two wedding parties in northern Yemen killed at least 159 civilians.

Yemen’s conflict has sparked what the United Nations has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Press journalist for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo reports.

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