Explosion kills six in Yemeni city of Marib

The United Nations estimates that 10,000 people have been killed in the war and blames coalition air strikes for 60 percent of some 3,800 civilian deaths since March 2015.

Houthi-led forces had responded to the attack by launching missiles into Saudi Arabia and possibly at a US warship stationed off the Yemeni coast, prompting USA retaliatory strikes against what Washington said were Houthi radar sites.

While calling for an impartial probe into the funeral strike and other similar incidents, the New York-based organization expressed a strong doubt that the Saudis and their Western allies in the region would conduct an honest investigation into the tragedy.

The investigative team called for taking an appropriate action against those who caused the airstrike and for compensating families of the victims.

It also reported that the Air Operation Centre in Yemen directed a "close air support mission" to target the funeral hall, without getting approval from the coalition's command.

Meanwhile, the capturing of a number of Houthis and forces loyal to ousted Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh in west Marib by Yemen's national army and popular resistance forces is one of the latest major setbacks for the Iran-backed militias.

The coalition's bombing of the hall is not the first attack on civilians by warplanes.

After initially denying any responsibility, the coalition said it would launch a probe into the "regrettable and painful" attack.

An Omani aircraft landed in the rebel-held Yemeni capital on Saturday to evacuate 115 of the most seriously wounded, a rebel official said.

A Saudi-led coalition intervened on Hadi's side past year.

The US, besides arms sales, has been focusing its engagement in Yemen on intelligence sharing, reconnaissance and aerial refueling of Saudi-led coalition jets. Human Rights Watch said the bombing amounts to an "apparent war crime".

A U.S. Navy destroyer deployed in global waters in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen came under attack twice in recent days from areas under Houthi control.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

The Houthis denied firing at the destroyer and accused the USA of using the attack as a justification to become more directly involved in the civil war. In response, the USA destroyed three radar installations in Houthi-controlled ports near the Bab al-Mandab strait on Thursday, in the first direct US involvement in Yemen's war.

Initial reports suggested that the explosion which targeted the funeral service left more than 20 people injured at the scene, the source added.



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