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Yemen / Saudi update 10/8/2016.. 700 people killed or wounded in Saudi attack on funeral in Yemen

Saturday, October 8, 2016 20:10
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700 people killed or wounded in Saudi attack on funeral in Yemen

Hundreds Killed, Wounded in Saudi Airstrikes on Sana’a

Reports from Yemen’s capital said on Saturday that over 700 people have been killed or wounded in massive air raids by the Saudi-led coalition warplanes. The airstrikes targeted a hall where people were paying their last respects to the father of Yemen’s Interior Minister Jalal Al-Rouyshan who is also the chief of staff of former President Ali Abdullah Salih. A second strike hit exactly the same region as people rushed to aid those injured in the first round of air assault. Also, the Saudi warplanes staged massive airstrikes on a ceremony on the house of Sheikh Abu Shwareb, inflicting tens of casualties on the civilians who had gathered for a ceremony at his residence. A source said that the total count of those injured and dead has reached 716 so far. Meanwhile, a witness told Xinhua news agency that at least 160 civilians, including top Yemeni officials, were killed and scores wounded, while updated figures showed that at least 556 more have been wounded in the bombardments. Al-Masirah Television has also asked Yemenis to donate blood for the wounded victims of Riyadh’s deadly attack in Sana’a.

Saudi Air Strike Kills At Least 82, Injures 534 At Yemen Funeral

While the US and western powers condemn Russian airstrikes conducted in Aleppo, to the point where yesterday John Kerry accused Russia of “crimes against humanity”, a parallel campaign waged by Saudi Arabia in Yemen gets little press coverage. Perhaps as a test how far it can go without provoking a diplomatic rebuke, earlier today an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition on mourners in Sanaa on Saturday killed at least 82 people, the acting health minister in the Houthi-led administration in the Yemeni capital said. Ghazi Ismail told a news conference in Sanaa the number of people wounded in the attack was 534, Reuters adds.

A missile tore through the hall of the building, leaving many dead and injured, Reuters reported earlier, citing eyewitnesses. According to the news agency, a medic said that he saw “mutilated and charred bodies,” adding that the funeral was being held for the deceased father of the Houthi rebels’ Interior Minister. Military and security officials from the rebel movement are among the victims, according to the outlet.

Among people at event was Jalal al-Rowaishan, interior minister appointed by Shiite Houthi rebels. Mayor of Sana’a Abdulkader Hilal was killed: al-Yeman al- Youm TV, a station loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, reported. Some victims were leaders of Shiite Houthis or members of party of Ali Abdullah Saleh: various media including AP.

As a result of the cozy relationship between Saudi and the US, we are confident there will be little public outcry against this latest deadly attack by the Saudi regime, as all focus remains on Russia.

Attack on mourners in Yemen kills 82-acting health minister

Bombing Sana’a

Colonel Cassad

….With regard to these more than eighteen months of war crimes, impotent UN and scoundrels of the Department of State will not really have to worry, to collect emergency meeting and claim to judge the Saudis for more than the obvious war crimes when suffering ignominious defeat by Huthis (losing people, equipment, aircraft, catamarans ), invaders vent their anger on the civilian population, which they have not been able to force into submission.

Saudi Bombers Slaughter More Children in Yemen

Saudi warplanes conducted new attacks against Yemen, killing and wounding more civilians across the war-hit country as Riyadh’s air campaign against the Arab country has so far killed 11,000 Yemenis. Saudi fighter jets targeted a moving truck in Sa’ada Province on Saturday, killing one person, Yemen’s al-Masirah television reported. Saudi aircraft also killed six others, including four children, in an airstrike hitting the province of al-Hudaydah. Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen since last March to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 11,000 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children. Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures. According to several reports, the Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen has drove the impoverished country towards humanitarian disaster.

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