Saudis blame Yemen funeral hall bombing on mistake

Dhaka,  Sun,  23 October 2016
Published : 15 Oct 2016, 17:35:16

Saudis blame Yemen funeral hall bombing on mistake

The Saudi-led coalition bombing Houthi rebels in Yemen says it attacked a funeral hall in the capital, Sanaa, based on "bad information", reports BBC.

At least 140 people were killed, most of them civilians, in the attack on 8 October - one of the single worst death tolls in the two-year conflict.

A inquiry blames "non-compliance with coalition rules of engagement" and "the issuing of incorrect information".

The attack was strongly criticised internationally.

The 14-nation Saudi-led inquiry, carried out by the Joint Incidents Assessment Team, said coalition aircraft were wrongly told that the funeral hall was full of Houthi leaders.

It blamed "a party affiliated to the Yemeni presidency of the general chief of staff".

The inquiry also apportioned blame to the Air Operation centre in Yemen for directing aircraft onto the target without obtaining approval from the coalition's command.

The investigation called for families of the victims to be compensated. More than 600 people were injured in the bombing.

The conflict in Yemen pits forces loyal to the internationally recognised government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi against Houthi rebels.

The coalition led by Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of backing the rebels and supports the president.

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