US says it will ‘immediately investigate’ funeral airstrike by Saudi Arabia that killed more than 140

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Civilians and investigators survey the rubble after Saudi Arabian airstrikes hit a funeral.

Saudi Arabia and its army have been the backbone of the Yemeni government ever since the Houthi rebels and its massive paramilitary wing have seized power in Western Yemen. But sometimes, its actions run into controversy.

The US, who is supporting Saudi Arabia’s foray into the Yemeni civil war, has criticized them after an airstrike hit and killed more than 140 people who were mourning the death of the father of a prominent Houthi leader.

“U.S. security cooperation with Saudi Arabia is not a blank check,” National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said, after they learned of the airstrike.

The coalition of countries supporting the Yemeni government, including Jordan and the UAE, said they would be investigating the occurrence along with the US.

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