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Yemen: Groom recalls horrific moment 20 killed in Saudi-led coalition airstrike on wedding06:38

Yemen: Groom recalls horrific moment 20 killed in Saudi-led coalition airstrike on wedding

Yemen, Hajjah
May 1, 2018 at 08:06 GMT -00:00 · Published

*Updated Script*

Yahya Jaafar, the groom of a wedding that was struck by a Saudi-led coalition airstrike, killing at least 20 people in the city of Hajjah on 22 April, sifted through the rubble at the site of the attack, on Monday, recollecting the incident.

"Many people died, many were wounded, some lost their hands, some lost their legs," stated the would-be groom, adding that "This happened for no reason, and there was no gathering of the Houthis, this was indiscriminate bombing."

"After the bombing, we say to Saudi Arabia, what is the reason for this indiscriminate bombardment? what is the reason? We will get revenge for each one of them [victims]," continued Jaafar.

Yahya's uncle Hamza Yahya Ali, described the aftermath of the horrific scene: "The majority were killed in the same place. Some of them were amputated. Some people's heads were cut off, some people's hands were cut off. Some people's bodies were split into two. Some [body parts] were mixed up together."

Wedding guest Majid Suwaid had to have his feet amputated from the injuries sustained from the Saudi-led coalition airstrike: "I lost my feet, my brother lost his feet. My other brother died because of the bombing. We tried to flee but we could not walk until ambulances came and took us."

Top health official in the Hajjah province Ayman Madhkoor said at least 20 people were killed and more than 50 injured, including many women and children, when the strike hit the wedding late on Sunday.

The Saudi-led bombing campaign continues in Yemen with US backing, with casualty figures exceeding 16,200 people since the beginning of the conflict in March 2015.

A reported 40,000 have been injured and more than two million people have been displaced.

The war devastating Yemen is now in its fourth year, with human rights organisations repeatedly accusing the Saudi-led coalition of targeting civilian areas.

While initial reports suggested the bride was among those killed, the bride’s relatives as well as the Director of the media center of the local province later confirmed to RUPTLY that she is still alive as she was in a different location at the time of the attack.

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*Updated Script*

Yahya Jaafar, the groom of a wedding that was struck by a Saudi-led coalition airstrike, killing at least 20 people in the city of Hajjah on 22 April, sifted through the rubble at the site of the attack, on Monday, recollecting the incident.

"Many people died, many were wounded, some lost their hands, some lost their legs," stated the would-be groom, adding that "This happened for no reason, and there was no gathering of the Houthis, this was indiscriminate bombing."

"After the bombing, we say to Saudi Arabia, what is the reason for this indiscriminate bombardment? what is the reason? We will get revenge for each one of them [victims]," continued Jaafar.

Yahya's uncle Hamza Yahya Ali, described the aftermath of the horrific scene: "The majority were killed in the same place. Some of them were amputated. Some people's heads were cut off, some people's hands were cut off. Some people's bodies were split into two. Some [body parts] were mixed up together."

Wedding guest Majid Suwaid had to have his feet amputated from the injuries sustained from the Saudi-led coalition airstrike: "I lost my feet, my brother lost his feet. My other brother died because of the bombing. We tried to flee but we could not walk until ambulances came and took us."

Top health official in the Hajjah province Ayman Madhkoor said at least 20 people were killed and more than 50 injured, including many women and children, when the strike hit the wedding late on Sunday.

The Saudi-led bombing campaign continues in Yemen with US backing, with casualty figures exceeding 16,200 people since the beginning of the conflict in March 2015.

A reported 40,000 have been injured and more than two million people have been displaced.

The war devastating Yemen is now in its fourth year, with human rights organisations repeatedly accusing the Saudi-led coalition of targeting civilian areas.

While initial reports suggested the bride was among those killed, the bride’s relatives as well as the Director of the media center of the local province later confirmed to RUPTLY that she is still alive as she was in a different location at the time of the attack.

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