Arab Coalition to investigate airstrike claims on Yemen wedding

Air strikes in Yemen

According to the United Nations the Yemen war has killed more than 10,000 people

Meanwhile, leader of Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi, in a live speech, said all aggressor countries, including the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, were responsible for the killing of Samad, and they must await the consequences of their crime.

Houthi run government in Yemen has vowed a "crushing response" to the assassination of Saleh-al-Samad, one of their senior officials, saying Saudi Arabia and United States will regret their "criminal adventure".

Traditionally based in Yemen's northwest, the Houthis overran much of the country, including Sanaa, in 2014, citing anger with the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi for not honouring their rights.

Samad was second on the Saudi-led coalition's most wanted list of Houthi leaders.

The Huthis on Monday accused the coalition of killing their political leader, Saleh al-Sammad, in an air strike last week.

Residents and medics told Reuters that 20 people attending the celebration were killed and at least 30 injured.

Six of al-Samad's aides were also killed, al-Houthi said.


Hospital chief Mohammed al-Sawmali says the groom and 45 of the wounded were brought to the local al-Jomhouri hospital.

An official with the Saudi-led coalition was not reachable for comment, but in the past the coalition has said they do not target civilians.

It's part of a civil war that has now claimed some 10,000 lives.

Sammad was killed in an airstrike carried out by Saudi Arabia a few days ago.

At the United Nations meanwhile, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres strongly condemned air strikes on a wedding party in Yemen that killed at least 20 civilians on Sunday.

However, one must take note that the only media sources reporting the tanker seizure are Saudi sources and there has been no confirmation from an external source that the Houthis have actually seized any takers yet.

Col Al Maliki said on Monday that the coalition supporting the internationally-recognised government in Yemen was "reviewing the post-action procedures for all its executed operations, especially in the place and time of the alleged incident", acknowledging reports of the Hajjah strike.

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