Saudi soldier killed by Houthi fire in southern border area


The October 8 strike prompted an worldwide outcry and strong criticism even from Saudi Arabia's closest Western allies.

The investigation team called on the coalition to "immediately review their rules of engagement".

This is the first time the coalition acknowledges it was behind the bombing, after an initial denial.

More than 4,000 civilians have been killed since the conflict escalated in March 2015, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Monday. "We have decided instead to put forward a draft Security Council resolution on Yemen calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities and a resumption of the political process".

The JIAT said the strikes were carried out without obtaining permission from the coalition command. The White House has said it will immediately review its assistance to the Saudi-led coalition, explaining that such assistance was not a "blank check". The war has since killed nearly 10,000 people according to the United Nations, which says that as many as 4,000 of those casualties were civilians.

An Omani aircraft landed in Sana'a Saturday to evacuate 115 of the most seriously wounded from the Saudi airstrike, a Yemeni official said.

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"They are the first group of wounded to be evacuated for treatment overseas", the rebels' deputy health minister Nasser Awjali told reporters.

In a sign of the regional scope of the Yemen conflict, Iran announced Thursday that it was deploying two warships in Bab el-Mandeb and the neighboring Gulf of Aden.

A coalition of Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia started a bombing campaign in support of Hadi in March previous year after the Iran-allied rebels overran the capital, Sanaa.

The U.S. has come under increasing pressure to withdraw its support of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition amid a mounting civilian death toll.

The Houthis responded by launching missiles into Saudi Arabia and possibly on a U.S. warship stationed off the Yemeni coast, prompting U.S. retaliatory strikes against what Washington said were Houthi radar sites.The Houthis have denied firing missiles at the U.S. Navy destroyer.Sources in the coalition initially denied any role in the funeral attack, but Saudi Arabia later promised to investigate the "regrettable and painful" incident.

The Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) accused "a party affiliated to the Yemeni Presidency of the General Chief of Staff" of passing wrong information that the hall was packed with Houthi leaders, whom the coalition has been targeting since their militias swept the capital a year ago and forced Yemen's internationally-recognized government into exile in Riyadh.