Image: People stand at the site of an airstrike which witnesses said was by Saudi-led coalition aircraft on mourners at a hall where a wake was being held, in Sanaa

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Saudi Airstrike Kills Scores at Yemen Funeral Home

An airstrike hit a funeral hall in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, on Saturday leaving 140 dead according to local officials.

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Medics carry the body of a victim of the Saudi-led coalition airstrike which struck a funeral hall packed with hundreds of mourners in Sanaa, Yemen, on Oct. 09, 2016.

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

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Image: Smoke rises from community hall where Saudi-led warplanes struck funeral in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen

Smoke rises from the hall. Residents said aircrafts fired two missiles at the hall, one missile tore through the building, setting it on fire and sending a large plume of smoke above the area. The other landed nearby.

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Image: Forensic experts investigate the scene at the community hall where Saudi-led warplanes struck a funeral in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen

Forensic experts investigate the scene.

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Image: Journalists and policemen inspect the secene at the community hall where Saudi-led warplanes struck a funeral in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen

Journalists and policemen inspect the scene. The strike left the building little more than a shell, with most of its walls and roof gone. 

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Image: People stand by the coffins of members of the same family killed one day after they were killed by a Saudi-led air strike on their house in Bajil district of the Red Sea province of Houdieda, Yemen

People mourn a family killed in the strike.

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Image: Police troopers search for survivors after what witnesses said was an airstrike by Saudi-led coalition aircraft on mourners at a hall in Sanaa

Police troopers search for survivors.

Saudi Arabia announced early Sunday it would launch an investigation into "reports about the regrettable and painful bombing" in Sanaa, without acknowledging that its coalition battling rebels in Yemen is the only force with air power in the conflict.

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Image: People stand at the site of an airstrike which witnesses said was by Saudi-led coalition aircraft on mourners at a hall where a wake was being held, in Sanaa

Damaged vehicles stand in the wreckage of the funeral hall after the strike.

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Image: Firefighters extinguish fire

Firefighters try to contain a fire at the scene.

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Image: Forensic expert invistigates the scene at the community hall where Saudi-led warplanes struck a funeral in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen

A forensic expert investigates the scene. The Saudi-led coalition has been blamed for several attacks on medical centers, including some run by international aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), schools, factories and homes in the past 18 months which has killed scores of civilians.

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Image: View of community hall where Saudi-led warplanes struck funeral in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen

Debris hangs from the collapsed roof of the hall. The incident has prompted the U.S. to initiate an immediate review of its already reduced support for the Saudi-led coalition.

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Image: Fire fighters extinguish fires after what witnesses said was an airstrike by Saudi-led coalition aircraft on mourners at a hall in Sanaa

Firefighters at work at the scene.

Read: Yemeni Officials Say Over 140 Killed in Saudi Airstrike

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