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Air strike on funeral may galvanize anti-Saudi forces in Yemen

Monday, October 10, 2016 - 01:32

Anti-Saudi forces in Yemen appear to be galvanizing after an apparent Saudi-led air strike on a funeral kills 140 Yemenis, while Reuters discovers that U.S. officials warned the Obama administration the U.S. could be implicated in war crimes for supporting the Saudi-led air campaign. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Thousands pour into the capital Sanaa to bury their mayor. Among some 140 people killed and 500 others injured in an apparent Saudi-led coalition airstrike two days earlier. The missiles hit a funeral attended by top officials in Yemen's Houthi-run government, which seized control last year. Jamie Mcgoldrick is the UN's humanitarian point person in Yemen, and he wants the strike investigated. (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) UN HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR FOR YEMEN JAMIE MCGOLDRICK SAYING: "What's happened here is a very tragic event for the people of Yemen and we see ourselves first hand of how desperate the situation is." The Saudi-led coalition has been trying to reinstate Yemen's exiled government for nearly two years. But Saturday's strikes could potentially galvanize powerful tribes in Yemen to join the Houthis against the Saudis. On Monday, the Houthi's fired ballistic missiles at Saudi Arabia, and the U.S. -- which made a $1.3 billion arms sale to the Saudis last year, says one of its warships was targeted in a failed missile attack from Houthi-controlled areas. This, as Reuters learns exclusively some U.S. officials had warned the Obama administration the U.S, could in theory be implicated in war crimes for supporting the Saudi-led air campaign.

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Air strike on funeral may galvanize anti-Saudi forces in Yemen

Monday, October 10, 2016 - 01:32