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Saudi-led coalition airstrike hits Yemen funeral, kills 82

SANA, Yemen — An airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition on Saturday targeted a funeral hall packed with mourners in Yemen’s capital, Sana, killing at least 82 people, according to the Health Ministry.

Nasser al-Argaly, the Health Ministry’s undersecretary, said the strike also left 534 people wounded. He said the casualty figures were not final.

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Yemeni security and medical officials said the dead and wounded include military and security officials from the ranks of the Shi’ite Houthi rebels fighting the internationally-
recognized government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi as well as their allies, loyalists of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Among those killed was Major General Abdul-Qader Hilal, head of the capital’s local council, according to the officials.

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The Health Ministry summoned off-duty doctors and called on residents to donate blood. Rescuers sifted through the rubble in search of more casualties, but a fire that erupted hindered their work.

Mohammed Abdul-Salam, a spokesman for the Houthis in Sana, angrily denounced the airstrike as the latest act of ‘‘genocide’’ by the Saudi-led coalition.

‘‘The silence of the United Nations and the international community is the munition of the murderers,’’ he said.

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Saturday’s funeral was held for Sheikh Ali al-Rawishan, father of Interior Minister Galal al-Rawishan, an ally of both the Houthis and Saleh.

The Saudi coalition backs Hadi’s government which, together with its own allies, is fighting the Houthis and Saleh loyalists in a civil war that broke out in 2014. The UN estimates 3,800 civilians have been killed by the airstrikes, which began in March 2015.

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