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Saudi-led coalition air strike on Sanaa: Death toll rises to 140

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Updated: 11:40 GMT, Oct 9, 2016 | Published: 04:39 GMT, Oct 9, 2016 |
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More than 140 people have been killed and over 500 injured in air strikes on a funeral gathering in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, a senior UN official says.

Jamie McGoldrick, the UN humanitarian co-ordinator for Yemen, condemned “the horrific attack”. The rebel Houthi-run government said a Saudi-led coalition was responsible – a claim Saudi Arabia denied.

The US said it had launched an “immediate review” of its already reduced support for the coalition. Two air strikes firstly bombed the vicinity of the big hall, and people fled to the outside.

Eyewitnesses said that a third strike hit the hall directly afterwards, where hundreds of people were offering condolences to al-Ruwaishan.

Some witnesses said senior Houthi officials and their ally former president Ali Abdullah Saleh were in the hall. Streets leading to the hall were all closed by pro-Houthi security forces. Journalists and cameramen were prevented from getting into the scene.

The Saudi-led coalition launched a military air campaign against Houthis and Saleh’s forces on March 26, 2015 to restore Hadi to power and recapture the capital.