Saudi airstrikes hit Yemen wedding party, killing 28 people

Saudi airstrikes hit Yemen wedding party, killing 28 people

Update at 3pm: The death toll from two airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition targeting Yemen’s Shiite rebels that mistakenly struck a wedding party has risen to 38, security officials said.

Two airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition targeting Yemen’s Shiite rebels have struck a wedding party, killing 28 people and wounding dozens.

Security officials say the strikes hit the celebration in al-Wahga, a village near the Strait of Bab al-Mandab.

A senior government official said the strikes were “a mistake”.

Yemen’s conflict pits the rebels, known as Houthis, and forces loyal to a former president against the Saudi-backed and internationally recognized government.

The US-backed, Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out airstrikes against the rebels since March. The conflict has killed at least 2,100 civilians, according to UN figures.

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