Saudi attack on Yemen wedding kills up to 33, wounds dozens

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

The head of Al Jumhouri hospital in Hajjah told Reuters by telephone that the hospital had received 40 bodies, a lot of them torn to pieces, and that 46 people had been injured, including 30 children, in air strikes that hit a wedding gathering.

Two missiles hit the celebration in the town of Hajja, several minutes apart, eyewitnesses and officials told CNN.

It said an unspecified number of children and women were among those killed, in addition to at least 30 children among the wounded.

Yemen's Houthi officials say the strikes first hit the men's gathering of the wedding before hitting the women's section nearby.

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

The groom is said by Hospital chief Mohammed al-Sawmali and 4-5 of these injured were attracted to the regional al-Jomhouri healthcare facility.

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"Launching ballistic missiles at densely populated civilian areas is a direct breach of the principles of the global humanitarian law", the official spokesman of the Saudi-led Alliance Colonel Turki Al-Malkisaid.

Graphic video of the airstrike's aftermath released by Houthi-run media showed a young boy clinging to his father's corpse and crying as medics tried to pull him away.

Saudi coalition air raids have repeatedly struck civilian targets while trying to target Houthi forces during the three-year war.

CNN could not independently verify the authenticity of the video.

The Houthis say their missile attacks on the kingdom are in retaliation for air raids on Yemen by the Western-backed coalition. Human rights organizations have criticized the Saudi-led coalition for engaging in indiscriminate bombings during which thousands of civilians have been killed.

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