Airstrike on Yemen Wedding Party Kills at Least 27

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By Reuters

SANAA, Yemen — At least 27 people were killed Monday in an airstrike on a wedding party in Yemen, a local official and residents said.

A local resident said 12 women, eight children and seven men died as two tents were struck in the village of al-Wahijah, near the Red Sea port city of Al-Mokha. One local official put the death toll at 30.

Residents described bodies mutilated by the attack. A number of other victims were rushed to a nearby hospital, they said.

A Saudi-led coalition has been pounding the Iran-allied Houthi group from the air for six months, trying to eject it from the capital Sanaa it seized a year ago and restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power.

A spokesman for the coalition could not immediately be reached for a comment.