Saudi-led air strike on wedding 'kills 20'

Saudi-led air strike on wedding 'kills 20'

Saudi-led air strike on wedding 'kills 20'

More than 10,000 people have been killed, and countless more wounded, while an estimated 3 million people have been forced to flee their homes.

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".

He said Samad was killed on a road with six companions after meeting with local officials.

Ali Nasser al-Azib, deputy head of the hospital, said 30 children were among the wounded, some in critical condition with shrapnel wounds and severed limbs. Eyewitnesses said that ambulances were unable to reach the scene for fear of subsequent airstrikes.

News of yet another bombing in Yemen, this time of a wedding which killed the bride and at least twenty others - mostly women and children, further demonstrates the wanton disregard for International Humanitarian Law (IHL) which prohibits attacks on civilian populations.

The spokesperson of the Saudi-led coalition involved in a war in Yemen against Houthis, Col.

It was the third deadly attack on civilians in recent days.

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The incident has been condemned by the United Nations, which has ordered a fair and prompt investigation.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Monday reiterated to the Saudis that they have obligations under global humanitarian law not to hit civilians during the war.

Media reports on Monday reported that an airstrike hit a wedding in the Bani Qaais district.

Saudi officials blame the Houthis, saying their fighters hide in civilians areas and divert aid meant for civilians to take care of their fighters.

The council also conveyed its honest condolences to the Yemeni nation for the loss of Samad, an influential figure in Yemen's resistance against a more-than-three-year-old war imposed by Riyadh on the impoverished country.

One thing the Saudi military have confirmed is that their missile defence systems shot down ballistic missiles over the port city of Jizan earlier on Monday, which the Houthis claimed were targeting Saudi oil facilities. On April 3rd, a Saudi oil tanker was attacked by Houthi militias in global waters west of Hodeidah port which is under the control of armed militias.

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