WASHINGTON Oct 9 U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry spoke with Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince and foreign
minister on Sunday to reiterate the United States' "deep
concern" about an air strike on a funeral gathering in Yemen, a
State Department spokesman said.
The strike, which was widely blamed on Saudi-led warplanes,
prompted the White House on Saturday to announce a review of
Washington's support to Saudi Arabia for its 18-month-old
campaign in Yemen. The planes hit mourners at a community hall
in the capital, Sanaa, on Saturday, killing 140 people,
according to one U.N. estimate and 82, according to the Houthis.
Kerry spoke with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad Bin
Salman and Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir and said he welcomed
bin Salman's commitment "to launch a thorough and immediate
investigation of the strike," according to the statement by
State Department spokesman Mark Toner.
Kerry urged bin Salman to take "urgent steps to ensure such
an incident does not happen again," Toner said.
(Reporting by Yeganeh Torbati; Editing by Peter Cooney)