UN: Over 130 Killed in Saudi Attacks on Yemeni Wedding

UN: Over 130 Killed in Saudi Attacks on Yemeni Wedding
Tue Sep 29, 2015 16:58:42

The United Nations has confirmed that over 130 people were killed in a suspected Saudi airstrike on a wedding ceremony in Yemen.

The strike killed at least 131 civilians, including many women and children, the UN said on Tuesday.

“This may be the single deadliest incident since the start of the conflict,” UN human rights agency spokesman Rupert Colville told reporters.

On Monday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned similar airstrikes in the village of Wahijah, outside of the Red Sea port city of Mokha in Yemen.

“The secretary general expresses his deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims and a swift recovery to those injured,” said a UN statement.

“The secretary general has consistently stated that there is no military solution to the conflict in Yemen. Its continuation will only bring more human suffering and destruction.”

Saudi warplanes also bombarded the al-Baqa district in Yemen’s mountainous northwestern province of Sa’ada on Monday.

The Saudi military aircraft launched 12 airstrikes on an area in the Baqim district of the same province on the same day.

Saudi Arabia launched its military aggression against Yemen on March 26 – without a United Nations mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to fugitive former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is a staunch ally of Riyadh.

Over 6,200 Yemenis have reportedly lost their lives in the Saudi airstrikes, and a total of nearly 14,000 people have been injured; Press TV reported.

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