Three Generals Reportedly Slain in Saudi Attack on Yemen Funeral Home

Generals Were Loyal to Former President Saleh

by Jason Ditz, October 11, 2016

Yemen continues to reel in the wake of Saturday’s Saudi Arabian airstrikes against a funeral home in the capital city of Sanaa, an attack which killed at least 155 people and wounded 525, according to reports. The identities of some of the slain are starting to be made public.

On Saturday, it was confirmed that Sanaa’s mayor was among the slain, and today officials are saying three generals allied with the Houthi forces, members of the Republican Guard and allies of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh,

Though Saudi officials claimed the strikes to be an accident, it targeted the funeral of the father of the Houthi-allied Interior Minister, and apparently was seen as an opportunity to attack a funeral at which a number of major Houthi figures could be expected to attend.

The attack, which was the single deadliest Saudi strike of the entire war, has fueled international criticism, and new calls for international investigations of war crimes in the Yemen conflict, but so far the Saudis have been very successful in preventing such investigations from happening.

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