Saudi air strikes kill 28 at wedding party in Yemen

US-backed coalition says attack was ‘a mistake’ in campaign against Houthi rebels

A  Saudi-led coalition vehicle stationed near a government bank in Aden, Yemen. Photograph: Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters

A Saudi-led coalition vehicle stationed near a government bank in Aden, Yemen. Photograph: Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters

 

Two air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition targeting Yemen’s Shia 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-Mandeb.

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

Yemen conflict

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

The US-backed, Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out air strikes against the rebels since March.

The conflict has killed at least 2,100 civilians, according to UN figures.

PA