At least 27 dead in air strike on Yemen wedding party: local official, residents

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 28, 2015 8:55 AM

SANAA (Reuters) - At least 27 people, most of them women and children, were killed on Monday in an air strike on a wedding party in southwestern Yemen, a local official and residents said.

A local resident said 12 women, eight children and seven men died in the air strike, which struck two tents in the village of al-Wahijah, near the Red Sea port city of Al-Mokha, where a wedding for a local man affiliated with Yemen's dominant Houthi group. A local official put the death toll at 30.

Residents described mutilated bodies from the attack. A number of other casualties were rushed to a nearby hospital, they said.

A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition could not immediately be reached for a comment.

Monday's air strike came a day after helicopters from the Saudi-led coalition struck houses in a village in northern Yemen on Sunday, killing at least 30 people, most of them civilians.

A Saudi-led coalition has been pounding the Iran-allied Houthi group from the air for six months, trying to eject it from the capital Sanaa it seized a year ago and restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power.

The village of al-Wahijah is located in Taiz province, which the Houthis captured in March as they began advancing on the southern port city of Aden, where Hadi was based before he was forced to flee to Saudi Arabia.

(Reporting by Mohammed Ghobari, Writing by Sami Aboudi; Editing by Alison Williams)