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Air strikes led by Saudi Arabia kill 20 at wedding in Yemen

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) –¬†Air strikes by Saudi-led forces killed at least 20 people at a wedding in a village in northwestern Yemen late on Sunday, residents and medical sources said.

“Since 10 pm, we have received 40 dead, most of them unidentified, and there are 46 wounded, including 30 children, and they have been severely injured,” the director of the Republican Hospital in Hajjah told Reuters by telephone.

Residents and medics told Reuters 20 people attending the wedding were killed and at least 30 injured.

“We are taking this report very seriously and will be fully investigated, as was the case with all similar reports,” a coalition spokesman told Reuters.

The Western-backed coalition in Yemen has been fighting for three years against the armed Houthi movement, which controls the capital Sanaa and much of northern Yemen.

The coalition launched thousands of air strikes in a campaign to restore the internationally recognized government. The wrong strikes killed hundreds of civilians in hospitals, schools and markets.

The 33-person Huthiya TV channel on Twitter said 33 people were killed and 55 wounded.

The coalition says it is not targeting civilians and has set up a commission of inquiry into allegations of civilian casualties in air strikes that have absolved him of responsibility in most cases.

The Yemeni war has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced more than 2 million and pushed the country to the brink of famine, according to UN estimates.