Airstrikes carried out by Saudi-led coalition jets struck a funeral ceremony in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, killing or injuring hundreds of people.
The Saudi-led coalition targeted a building hosting a Houthi funeral ceremony, killing 140 people and injuring 525, Health Minister Ghazi Ismail told a press briefing.
A missile tore through the hall of the building, leaving many dead and injured, Reuters reported earlier, quoting 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.
AP earlier reported that at least 45 people had been killed in the bombardment.
“The place has been turned into a lake of blood,” a rescuer, Murad Tawfiq, was quoted by the news agency as saying.
— Yemen Post Newspaper (@YemenPostNews) October 8, 2016
Earlier images of a destroyed building, partly still aflame, have emerged on social media, with some people alleging the devastation was caused by a Saudi-led coalition strike.
The Riyadh-led coalition meanwhile brushed aside all accusations. In a statement, the alliance said that “no air operations have been conducted in the area of the blast,” TASS reported.
US-backed Saudi war criminals bombed more than 3000 Yemeni mourners in a mourning hall in Sanaa.Saudi kill innocents when theyrdefeated pic.twitter.com/lxZU8hM6kE
— Nasser Arrabyee (@narrabyee) October 8, 2016