Yemen's Houthis demand international probe into Saudi funeral strike
The Houthi movement calls for the UN to set up an independent investigation of Saudi air strike that killed over 140 attending a funeral
Yemeni mourners carry the coffin of Abdel Qader Hilal, mayor of Sanaa, on 10 October, 2016 after he was killed in an air strike on a funeral in the Yemeni capital (AFP)
Published date: 16 October 2016 13:33 UTC | Last update: 5 years 1 month ago
Yemen's Houthi rebels Sunday demanded an international probe into an air strike that killed more than 140 people at a funeral, after a Saudi-led Arab coalition admitted "wrongly" hitting it.
The 8 October raid, condemned by Human Rights Watch as an "apparent war crime," was one of the deadliest air strikes since the pro-government coalition launched an air campaign against the rebels and their allies in March 2015.
The coalition's acknowledgement that it wrongly hit the funeral "does not clear its leadership of violating international humanitarian law and all humanitarian norms and conventions," said the rebel-controlled foreign ministry.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon "should form an independent and international investigation committee headed by a high-profile, neutral and international personality as soon as possible to probe war crimes committed by the coalition in Yemen," it said in a statement.
The Riyadh-based coalition acknowledged on Saturday that the air strike in which more than 525 people were also wounded was based on "incorrect information".
It pledged "appropriate action" against those responsible and compensation for families of the victims.
The air strike prompted an international outcry and strong criticism, including from Saudi Arabia's closest Western allies.
Yemen's conflict has killed nearly 6,900 people, more than half of them civilians, since the coalition launched its operations, according to the United Nations.