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Saudi coalition broke law in Yemen attack - UN panel

Published 21/10/2016

UN experts have been investigating the attack on Yemen's capital Sanaa on October 8
UN experts have been investigating the attack on Yemen's capital Sanaa on October 8

United Nations experts investigating the double bombing of a packed funeral hall in Yemen's rebel-held capital have accused the Saudi-led coalition of breaking international humanitarian law by attacking civilians - and later the wounded and medics.

The panel of experts said preliminary information indicated that "the attack resulted in a disproportionately higher numbers of civilian casualties, when compared to military casualties, and that this could have been anticipated prior to the attack".

More than 100 people were killed and more than 500 injured in the attack in Sanaa on October 8.

The experts' report to the head of the UN Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against the Houthi Shiite rebels, obtained by The Associated Press, said they were unaware of any coalition measures to prevent civilian deaths as required by international humanitarian law.

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