London [United Kingdom], Oct. 9 : More than 140 people have been killed and more than 525 injured after airstrikes hit a funeral ceremony in Yemen's capital, Sana'a, according to a senior United Nations official.
Houthi rebels have blamed the Saudi-led coalition for the airstrikes. The deceased and wounded include senior military and security officials from the ranks of the Shia Houthi rebels fighting the internationally recognised government of president Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, as well as their allies, loyalists of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, reports the Guardian.
Ambulances were rushed to the site to carry the injured persons to the hospitals. The health ministry has summoned off-duty doctors and called on residents to donate blood, reports the Guardian.
The funeral was being held for Ali al-Rawishan, the father of the interior minister Galal al-Rawishan.
According to the witnesses, a missile hit the hall in the south of the capital, destroying the building.
The Saudi-led coalition did not immediately commented on the airstrikes..