Air strikes kill 20 in Yemen

Air strikes in Yemen

Air strikes in Yemen

The spokesperson of the Saudi-led coalition involved in a war in Yemen against Houthis, Col.

Samad was second on the coalition's most needed checklist of Houthi leaders, after the group's chief Abdel-Malek al-Houthi.

At least 20 people have been killed and 40 others wounded in Saudi-led airstrikes that hit a wedding party in northern Yemen, a Yemeni health official said on Monday.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a double air strike on the crowded party venue had left a number of dead bodies buried beneath the rubble. "Whilst this is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment further", coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al Maliki told CNN.

It was not the first deadly strike on a wedding during Yemen's conflict, which has killed almost 10,000 people since the coalition intervened in March 2015 to battle the Iran-backed Huthis and restore Yemen's internationally recognised government to power.

Iran, which is accused of supplying arms to the Huthis, swiftly condemned the raid.

Saudi Arabia reported on Sunday the interception of a missile that was targeting the same city, while another landed in a secluded desert area of the border city. The debris fell in some residential areas. Sunday's deadly strike in Hajjah was one of a series to have struck weddings in Yemen's conflict, which has killed almost 10,000 people and wounded 54,000 others since March 2015.

Its bombs have killed hundreds of civilians at hospitals, schools and markets.

On October 7, 2015, another air raid killed 43 people at a wedding in Sanaban village in the Dhammar governorate in Yemen.

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