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Saudi-Led Coalition Says Warplane 'Wrongly Targeted' Sanaa Funeral

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A demonstration in Sanaa against Saudi-led air strikes on a funeral on October 8 that killed 140 people

A demonstration in Sanaa against Saudi-led air strikes on a funeral on October 8 that killed 140 people

The Saudi-led coalition battling Yemeni rebels says that one of its warplanes "wrongly targeted" a funeral in the capital, Sanaa, that killed more than 140 people and announced disciplinary proceedings.

A coalition inquiry team said on October 15 that the strike was due to noncompliance with coalition rules of engagement and procedures and the issuing of incorrect information.”

The October 8 strike prompted an international outcry and strong criticism, even from Saudi Arabia's closest Western allies.

The White House said on October 14 that it is reconsidering its support for a Saudi-led coalition that has been bombing rebels in Yemen after what one official called the "egregious" attack.

A top administration official told media privately that Washington was particularly angered because "important figures who are part of the reconciliation process" in Yemen were among those killed in the Sanaa funeral attack.

Senior U.S. officials who briefed reporters on October 14 said all U.S. assistance to the Saudi-led coalition is under review because of the attack, including intelligence, logistics, and refueling.

The United States also has supplied Saudi Arabia and its Gulf partners in the campaign with over $100 billion in arms.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP
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