Thousands march in Yemen after over 140 killed in airstrike

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After initially denying responsibility, Saudi Arabia announced an investigation into the attack with support from USA experts.

The two countries who have spent close to two years arming Saudi Arabia in its ongoing slaughter of Yemeni civilians are most certainly not among them.

CAAT, which initiated the legal action, is calling on the Government to suspend all licences and stop issuing further arms export licences to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen while it holds a full review into if the exports are compatible with United Kingdom and European Union legislation.

Saturday's air strike ripped through a wake attended by some of the country's top political and security officials, outraging Yemeni society and potentially galvanizing powerful tribes to join the Houthis in opposing a Saudi-backed exiled government.

Saturday's funeral was held for Sheikh Ali al-Rawishan, the father of Galal al-Rawishan, the interior minister in the rebel-led government.

Since the conflict flared up in March 2015, at least 4,125 civilians have been killed and 7,207 injured, the United Nations statement said, noting that casualties have risen since a cessation of hostilities collapsed in August.In just the first 10 days of October, 369 civilians have been killed or injured, tripling the rate of September which recorded 379 casualties for the entire month, he said, adding that the latest incident could cause a further escalation.

More than 140 people were killed and at least 525 others were wounded in air raids on a funeral hall in Sanaa.

Mohammed Abdul-Salam, the Houthi spokesman in Sanaa, angrily denounced the airstrike as the latest act of "genocide" by the Saudi-led coalition.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the bombing in a statement Sunday, saying that "any deliberate attack against civilians is utterly unacceptable".

Meanwhile, Saudi state television aired a brief clip of what appeared to be a projectile that was said to have landed in Taif in the ballistic missile attack.

And these 18 months of atrocities have barely merited a mention in the USA election, despite the key role the leading candidate, Hillary Clinton, has played in arming the Saudis, to say nothing of the millions of dollars her family's foundation has received from its regime (her opponent, Donald Trump, has barely uttered a word about the issue, and himself has received millions in profits from various Saudi oligarchs).

Yemeni civilians are in the firing line.

The Saudi-led 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 attack has also embarrassed the U.S. government, which since March 2015 has provided logistical support including in-air refueling and intelligence for the Saudi-led air campaign. At least 7,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

According to the report, coalition airstrikes were responsible for 60 percent of civilian deaths over a yearlong span starting in July previous year.

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