Officials in Yemeni Capital Say 82 Killed, 534 Hurt in Saudi-led Airstrike on Funeral
Sources in the Saudi-led coalition say alliance had no role in the bombing.
An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition on mourners in Sanaa on Saturday killed at least 82 people, the acting health minister in the Houthi-led administration in the Yemeni capital said.
Ghazi Ismail told a news conference in Sanaa the number of people wounded in the attack was 534.
But sources in the Saudi-led coalition claimed the alliance had no role in the airstrike. "Absolutely no such operation took place at that target," one of the sources said, citing what he described as confirmation from the coalition air force command.
"The coalition is aware of such reports and is certain that it is possible that other causes of bombing are to be considered. The coalition has in the past avoided such gatherings and (they) never been a subject of targets."
The Saba agency published pictures showing several charred or mutilated bodies.
Security officials said earlier the casualties include military and security officials from the ranks of the Shiite Houthi rebels fighting the internationally-recognized government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The Saudi-led coalition backs Hadi's government in Yemen's civil war.
The funeral was held for Sheikh Ali al-Rawishan, father of Interior Minister Galal al-Rawishan, an ally of both the Houthis and their chief ally, former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
The Associated Press