Saudi air strike kills 15 at Yemen wedding

Randy Kelley
April 23, 2018

At least 20 people were killed in two Saudi-led coalition air attacks in northwestern Yemen, residents and medical personnel said.

Khaled al-Nadhri, the top wellness officer in the northern state of Hajja, told The Associated Press on Monday that almost all of the deceased have been women and children who were assembled in one of the tents setup for the wedding party while in the district Bani Qayis.

At least 46 people were wounded in the attack, 30 of them children, the official added.

The child refused to leave the body's side despite pleas from first responders.

Saudi Arabia's southern city Najran, close to the border with Yemen, has suffered the brunt ever since the Houthi militia forces took over swathes of the country in a 2014 coup.

This crime comes days after the threat of the coalition spokesman of the US-Saudi aggression, Turki al-Maliki, to launch more brutal strikes against the Yemeni people.

The coalition has carried out 1000's of air strikes in Yemen which have hit faculties, markets and hospitals, killing tons of of individuals - although it says it doesn't goal civilians.

The Yemen war began in early 2015, when Houthi rebels drove the US-backed government of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi out of the Yemeni capital of Sanaa.

The coalition says the Houthis are armed and supported by Saudi arch-adversary Iran - costs the group and Tehran deny.

The Saudi-led coalition has been waging a war on Yemen's Shiite rebels known as Houthis, who control much of the north, to restore the internationally recognized government to power.

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