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Yemenis protest after airstrikes kill over 140 at funeral


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Yemenis protest after airstrikes kill over 140 at funeral

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Hundreds of Yemenis protested in front of the United Nations building in the capital Sanaa on Sunday, railing against an international community more interested in stopping Syria’s conflict than Yemen’s.

Hours before war planes from a Saudi Arabian led coalition had bombed a funeral gathering in the city, killing more than 140 people and injuring more than 500 others.

“We came out to the United Nations today to call for our human rights, and to denounce this unprecedented massacre that took place yesterday at the mourning hall. Where are the human rights? Where is the U.N.? Where is the world,” one of the protesters, Aamer Hussein Al Salimi said.

The protesters and the dominant Houthi group which has control over Sanaa blame Saudi Arabia and its coalition of mainly Sunni Arab nations for the strikes.

The Saudis, who launched an all-out offensive on Yemen in March 2015 to oust the Houthis from power and restore exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power, have however denied any involvement in the attack.

They have promised an investigation into “reports about the regrettable and painful bombing” in Sanaa.

Meanwhile a White House spokesman said America’s support of Saudi Arabia did not amount to a blank cheque.

Yemen’s civil war has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced more than three million.

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