Saudi To Probe Deadly Air Strikes On Yemen Funeral House

Yemen Blast, Saudi Arabia, US, Houthi Rebels
Since 2014, thousands have been killed in the conflict between the Houthi Rebels and the Saudi led coalition

The coalition fighting Yemeni rebels led by Saudi Arabia says it will investigate how more than 140 people died in air strikes at a funeral in Sanaa, the country’s capital.

The investigation as announced by Saudi authorities will start immediately and would involve American forensic experts.

Earlier, the Saudi Arabian government debunked the allegations made by the rebel Houthi-run government that the coalition was responsible for the deaths following its air strikes.

The air strikes targeted the funeral of the father of country’s Minister for Interior, Galal al-Rawishan.

In a statement released by the Saudi-led coalition, the Joint Incidents Assessment Team in Yemen and experts from the United States will lead the investigations.

It added that though the situation is regrettable, its troops have been instructed not to target civilian populations.

Meanwhile, the United States is set to carry out its own independent investigation into the air strikes.

The spokesperson for the White House National Security Council, Ned Price said the collaboration of the US with Saudi Arabia over investigations is “not a blank cheque”.

Allegations of Genocide

The spokesman of the Houthi spokesman, Mohammed Abdul-Salam said an attack of such magnitude amounts to “genocide”.yemen bomb expolsionjpg

Mr Abdul-Salam also revealed the aid workers who were first responders at the scene of the air strikes were “shocked and outraged”.

UN humanitarian co-ordinator for Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, condemned Saturday’s strikes on the funeral as a “horrific attack”.

The International Committee of the Red Cross confirmed that it had prepared 300 body bags, adding that there were a lot of people in the building before the strikes.

Thousands of people, especially civilians, have been killed in clashes since 2014 when the Saudi-led coalition gave its backing to the internationally-recognized government of Yemen.

Yemen Conflict: ‘Deadly Attack’ Rocks Wedding Party

yemenThree days after an attack at a wedding in Yemen, dozens again have been killed after air strikes hit another wedding in Sanban, a rebel-held town.

Although it’s unclear who carried out the attack, a Saudi-led coalition has been known to carry out air raids against Houthi rebels.

In September, an air strike on a wedding party near the Red Sea port of Mocha killed at least 130 people.

The coalition denies its involvement in that attack.

About 5,000 people, including 2,355 civilians, have been killed in air strikes and fighting on the ground since March 26.

However, Yemen’s Prime Minister, Khaled Bahah, was said to have escaped an attack on Tuesday that rocked a hotel in Aden in Yemen.

The attack was said to have claimed the lives of 15 Saudi-led coalition troops and pro-government fighters.

Aden Hotel Attack: Yemen’s PM Escapes Unharmed

Aden Hotel Attack: Yemen's PM Escapes Unharmed Yemen’s Prime Minister (PM), Khaled Bahah, has escaped the explosion that rocked a Hotel in Aden in Yemen early on Tuesday.

15 Saudi-led coalition troops and pro-government fighters have been killed in the grenade attack on the Qasr hotel, which is frequently used by the Yemeni PM and his cabinet, early on Tuesday.

According to BBC, PM Bahah and members of his government escaped unharmed.

While the United Arab Emirates blamed rocket-fire from Houthi rebels, the Islamic State (IS) said suicide bombers were responsible.

The Qasr hotel has been used as a seat of government since a Saudi-led coalition forced Houthi rebels from Aden, Yemen’s second city.

The Houthi rebels advanced on the city and in March, forced Yemeni President, Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and the government to flee to Saudi Arabia.

In July, pro-government militiamen and soldiers drove the Houthis and allied army units out of the port city with the help of coalition ground forces.

President Hadi returned to Aden from exile late last month, though he was not reported to be staying at the hotel when the attack was launched.

Yemen Crisis: Government Forces Retake Al-Anad Airbase

yemenPro-government forces in Yemen have retaken the country’s largest airbase in a battle with Houthi rebels.

Heavy casualties have been reported at al-Anad airbase, north of Aden, after intense fighting there in recent days.

The casualties came after pro-government forces, backed by air strikes from a Saudi-led coalition, retook Aden in July.

Yemen Defence Ministry officials said six rockets were fired at the airbase in the country’s southwest. They couldn’t give an exact number of casualties but said some Yemen troops were wounded.

No militants were reported to have been captured or killed in the aftermath of the attack.

One rocket exploded near an oil storage facility which resulted in a fire but no major damages. The rockets missed their intended targets, an official told CNN.

The Saudis are leading a campaign to push the rebels back and restore the government which it is sheltering.

Al-Anad used to be a base for U.S troops overseeing drone attacks on al-Qaeda.

It was overrun by Houthi rebels as they advanced south in March, forcing President Abdrabbo Mansour Hadi to flee.

 

Saudi Arabia Ends Air Strikes Against Houthi Rebels, Seeks Political Solution

saudi arabia-air strikeSaudi Arabia has announced on Tuesday that it was ending a month-long campaign of air strikes against the Houthi rebels, who seized large areas of Yemen to back a political solution which will bring peace to its war-ravaged neighbour.

The ceasefire, which followed months of factional fighting between the militant group and forces loyal to the government, which was driven out of the capital Sanaa, was welcomed by Iran.

“Operation Decisive Storm has achieved its goals including removing the threat to Saudi Arabia and neighbouring countries, especially in terms of heavy weapons,” said a statement carried by Saudi State News Agency.

The report says a new phase called “Operation Restoring Hope” was beginning. It would combine political, diplomatic and military action but would focus on “the political process that would lead to a stable and secure future for Yemen”.

Saudi spokesman, Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri, said the alliance may still target Houthis. “The coalition will continue to prevent the Houthi militias from moving or undertaking any operations inside Yemen.”

The White House on Tuesday, also welcomed Saudi Arabia’s announcement.

“The United States welcomes Tuesday’s announcement by the government of Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners of the conclusion of Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen,” a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, Alistair Baskey, said.