Many casualties from air strike on mourners in Yemen - witnesses

by Reuters
Saturday, 8 October 2016 14:46 GMT

People stand on the rubble of a house destroyed by a Saudi-led air strike in Bajil district of the Red Sea province of Houdieda, Yemen October 8, 2016. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad

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Witnesses described ambulances ferrying casualties from the scene, where a plume of black smoke rose into the sky

SANAA, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Saudi-led coalition aircraft fired rockets at mourners for the father of the interior minister in the Houthi-dominated Yemeni government on Saturday, 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.

(Reporting by Mohammed Ghobari; writing by Sami Aboudi; editing by Andrew Roche)

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