Women and children killed in Saudi strike on funeral in Yemen


Women and children killed in Saudi strike on funeral in Yemen

A man stands on rubble of a funeral house that was hit in airstrike in Arhab district, about 40 km north of Sanaa, capital of Yemen, on February 16, 2017.

Warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition struck a house north of Yemen's capital where a crowd of mourners had gathered, residents said on Thursday, killing nine women and a child and injuring dozens.

Medics dispatched to the incident identified the bombing site as the residence of Mohammed Al Nakii in the village of Shiraa.

One soldier from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was killed in violence-wracked Yemen while taking part in a Saudi-led military campaign against the Shia Houthi militant group, Emirati military officials said Friday.

In a statement, the coalition highlighted that investigation will be into claims by Houthi rebels that Yemeni civilians were killed in an air raid overnight near the capital Sanaa.

The Yemeni conflict escalated in March 2015, when the coalition began targeting the Houthi fighters, who had seized control of Sana'a.

Last October, 140 people were killed and more than 600 injured in a coalition bombardment of a funeral hall in rebel-controlled Sanaa.

The UN says the civilian death toll has reached 10,000, with 40,000 wounded.