Tamil Diplomat

Yemenis protest after funeral hall attack

Thousands of Yemenis have taken to the streets of the capital, Sanaa, to protest after an air strike killed more than 140 people at a wake on Saturday.

Demonstrators gathered outside the UN headquarters demanding an international investigation into the strike, blamed on the Saudi-led coalition. Saudi Arabia has not acknowledged any role but pledged to investigate.

It joined Yemen’s civil war last year on the side of the internationally recognised government. Powerful former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has allied himself with the Houthi rebels that control Sanaa, has called for people to attack soldiers on the Saudi border in revenge.

More than 500 people were wounded in Saturday’s bombing, which targeted the wake of the father of Houthi-appointed Interior Minister Gawal al-Rawishan. Many Houthi officials were in attendance and Mr Rawishan was seriously wounded in the strike. Its aftermath was described as a “lake of blood” by one rescuer.(BBC,2016)