Death toll from Saudi airstrike on Yemeni wedding rises to 88

By Leith Aboufadel

The death toll from the Saudi airstrike on the Yemeni wedding, yesterday, has risen exponentially, the Yemen-based Saba News Agency reported this morning.

According to the Saba report, at least 88 civilians have been found dead as a result of this Saudi airstrike on the wedding in the Al-Raqa area of Hajjah.

“The Republican Hospital declared a state of emergency yesterday evening because of the continued flow of casualties to it.. Calling citizens to donate blood,” The Saba report added.

Initially, the death toll was placed by local monitors at 20, but it quickly rose to 33 overnight after more bodies were found under the rubble.


UN chief condemns airstrikes on civilians in Yemen; calls for prompt, transparent investigation

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for a prompt, effective and transparent investigation into recent airstrikes on civilians in Yemen, which claimed at least 50 lives, including children, and injured many others.

In a statement attributable to his spokesperson, Mr. Guterres reminded all parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law concerning the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure during armed conflicts.

One of these airstrikes hit a wedding party in Hajjah, north-western Yemen, late Sunday.

In another tragic incident over the weekend, civilian vehicles were hit in Taizz, located in the south-west.

Ongoing conflict in Yemen between international coalition forces supporting President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi on one side, and Houthi militias and allied units of the armed forces on the other has taken take an enormous toll on the civilian population, exacerbating existing vulnerabilities.

Across the war-torn country, more than 22 million people – over three-fourths of the population – remain dependent on humanitarian aid. A staggering 8.4 million among them do not know how they will obtain their next meal.


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