8 Women, 1 Child Killed in Air Raid Near Yemen Capital

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Eight women and a child were killed in an overnight air raid on a funeral reception near the Yemeni capital Sanaa, medics said Thursday.

At least 10 more women were reported wounded in the raid, which hit the women's reception area at a funeral in Arhab district, 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of Sanaa. 

Medics dispatched to the incident identified the bombing site as the residence of Mohammed Al Nakii in the village of Shiraa. 

Huthi rebels, who control the capital, accused a Saudi-backed coalition of carrying out the strike.

A coalition spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

A post on the Huthi-run saba.ye news website late Wednesday gave an initial toll of six women killed and 10 wounded. 

Casualties were transported to hospitals in Sanaa. 

Yemen's war pits the internationally recognised government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi against Iran-backed Huthis, allied with forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The conflict spiralled in March 2015 when the coalition began targeting the Shiite rebels, who had seized control of Sanaa. 

The United Nations says more than 7,400 people, including around 1,400 children, have been killed since then in the fight for territorial control across the country. 

The Arab coalition has faced repeated allegations of targeting weddings, funerals, schools and hospitals in Yemen. 

The coalition maintains it does not deliberately target civilians.

But in October it admitted to killing 140 people in an air strike on a funeral in Sanaa, blaming the deaths on "incorrect information" after initially denying involvement.  

International rights group Human Rights Watch on Thursday released a report blaming the coalition for a January 10 air strike on a market. 

The strike near a school in the rebel-held northern Nihm province killed five people, including at least one child. 

"The bombing death of an 11-year-old girl on her way to school shows how little the Saudi-led coalition took to heart its brief inclusion on the UN secretary-general's 'list of shame'," said HRW's Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson. 

The UN in June added the Saudi-led coalition to a blacklist of child rights violators over its involvement in Yemen, though it was later removed. 

A 14-member independent team tasked with investigating strikes on Yemen last year acknowledged "shortcomings" in some coalition strikes.

The team includes coalition states Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Yemen.

Comments 21
Thumb Mystic 16 February 2017, 08:49

No outcry for them.
Only salafis seems to get sympathy by the West.

Missing ArabDemocrat.com 16 February 2017, 09:42

Stop your BS. Yes, it is very sad and indeed despecible. Your Russian friends destroyed a hospital in Dar'a today. Are you going to condemn it. The only thing you do is defend a mass murder who butchered more in one prison than all of the war casualties in Yemen combined.

Thumb mahdi-firuz-berhouz 16 February 2017, 11:00


I am speechless at your ability to treat them like children. The way you demanded from salafidemocrat.com to focus on the article was nothing short of a teacher setting the example for his underaged pupils.

In other words, you are somesing anazar flamesrower!

Thumb eagledawn 16 February 2017, 11:25

if i had a nickel for every time @flametroller says the word 'salafi' abusively, out of context and out of pure blind sectarian hatred.. I would be a billionaire by now.

Missing ArabDemocrat.com 16 February 2017, 11:41

FT and Mystic ... You are both demented trolls. You bemoan certain deaths but ignore, belittle or act stupid when tens of thousands are slaughtered by your side. Have you read the report published few days ago about the Assad regime in Saadnaya prison. If you did, you would have seen the proponderance of witnesses including former inmates, prison guards and judges. I condemn civilian death in Yemen when done by the Saudis. You ignore however the thousands of civilians killed by the Houthis and especially in the siege of Aden and Taez. You justify a massive slaughter by the Assad regime. Indeed you have no honor and no shame. A salafi is 1000 times more honorable than either of you

Thumb Mystic 16 February 2017, 11:52

What about this?
More of your beloved Turkey killing civilians without condemnation from you Gulf "democrats".


Thumb Mystic 16 February 2017, 11:59

Ofcourse you claim salafis are better, because you are a salafi yourself.

Missing ArabDemocrat.com 16 February 2017, 15:15

Liar Mystic is lying again. Check my first comment on the article you link to. Salafi or not and many of my post shows that I am not, they are still 1000 times better than you. Most Salafis cannot even get themselves to supporting ISIS - a bloodthirsty organization which still did not even come close to matching the criminality of the assad regime. Yet you have no problem defending this monstrous regime

Thumb Mystic 16 February 2017, 15:44

What about the Saudi funded emirate in Idlib, how well is your self governing going?

Thumb justice 16 February 2017, 10:52

"medics said Thursday......"

lol, typical shia propaganda

Thumb Southern...... 16 February 2017, 12:09

because medics are the ones who attend the victims, unlike biased witnesses when they claim chemical attack by the Syrian govt which it doens't even have nor would have the intention to use them if they had it.

Thumb justin 16 February 2017, 12:12

but Amnesty talked to doctors who are more qualified than medics and you did not believe them when they documented Assad's times in Sadnaya prison.

Shame on You!

Thumb Southern...... 16 February 2017, 12:36

Yes, Yes ISIS doctors!

Thumb justin 16 February 2017, 12:42

but the medics you talked to in Yemen are not shia huthis medics?! Your case is frightening!

Thumb Southern...... 16 February 2017, 12:46

sooner or later, you always come to spew your sectarian filth! they are Yemenis medics of all sects since the huthis aren't sectarian, while ISIS doctors are.... when are you going to learn!!!!, lost case anyway.

Default-user-icon illiterate southern (Guest) 16 February 2017, 13:00

please keep posting, i am getting an online degree just reading your comments.

Thumb Southern...... 16 February 2017, 15:38

then, you will be less illiterate...

Default-user-icon mowaten.Abu Quahafah (Guest) 16 February 2017, 11:09

ما يقبض الموت نفسا من نفوسهـم
إلا وفـي يـده من نتنهـا عـود

Thumb eagledawn 16 February 2017, 11:24

"The bombing death of an 11-year-old girl on her way to school shows how little the Saudi-led coalition took to heart its brief inclusion on the UN secretary-general's 'list of shame'," said HRW's Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International cannot be credible sources according to:

nothing the UN and its 'humanitarian' mouthpieces says is credible.

AD.com: we're calling you and the western propagandists such as Amnesty liars, we dont believe your BS.

Thumb justin 16 February 2017, 12:13


Missing arturo 17 February 2017, 16:45

Is this a war crime if true?