Saudi warplanes have carried out airstrikes against the Yemeni capital Sana’a, targeting a crowded funeral ceremony.
UN sources say at least 140 people were killed in the assaults. The Saudi jets conducted at least nine airstrikes on Khamis street in southern Sana’a. The building where the event was underway was seriously damaged in the attacks.
The number of casualties is highly likely to rise. Over 500 people have reportedly been injured.
The funeral was for the father of Jalal al-Roweishan, the interior minister in the Yemeni government.
Yemen’s al-Masirah television said hospitals in the capital were desperately in need of blood donations.
In September last year, Saudi jets bombarded a wedding ceremony in the town of Mokha in the southwestern province of Ta’izz, killing over 130 civilians. The victims were mostly women and children.
Saudi Arabia has been engaged in a deadly campaign against Yemen since March 2015. Riyadh’s aggression, which has killed more than 10,000 in Yemen, was launched in an attempt to restore power to Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh who has resigned as Yemen’s president but seeks to force his way back into power. The campaign also seeks to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement.