Saudi Arabia admits to funeral bombing, blames bad intel

After the Saudi-led coalition bombed a funeral proceeding for the father of a notable Houthi leader last week in Yemen, killing over 140 people, the coalition promised to investigate.

And the coalition has released a press statement, blaming an unnamed source for bad intel. The investigators said that the coalition had been given intel that claimed that Houthi rebel leaders were in the building in Sana’a. Instead, the airstrike mainly killed civilians and non-militants, and injured more than 600 people.

“JIAT has found that because of non-compliance with Coalition rules of engagement and procedures, and the issuing of incorrect information, a Coalition aircraft wrongly targeted the location, resulting in civilian deaths and injuries,” the investigation team said in a statement.

The investigation team also said that compensation should be offered to the families of victims of the bombing, and that appropriate action should be taken against those who caused the incident.

The funeral bombing has caused the US to reconsider its involvement in the coalition, providing arms and support, previously stating that their help “was not a blank check” for the coalition to do whatever it pleased.


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