Saudi Arabia unofficially took responsibility for the strikes at funeral in Yemen, which killed 140 people and 500 were wounded. The incident angered the US and UK who support Riyadh in the war against Houthi rebels in Yemen, and called into question the continued help of the monarchy.
Angered by Britain was sent to Yemen a team of lawyers and military experts to clarify the details of the incident. Their participation in the investigation was confirmed by Saudi Arabia, informs Bi-bi-si. UN Secretary General ban Ki-moon, in turn, called for the establishment of an independent Commission to check the involvement in the incident, Saudi forces.
The main question that interests the world community – was the impact accidental or deliberate. In favour of last version says that at the funeral of the father of the interior Minister of the government of the rebels was attended by several high-ranking Huthis and the head of the allied tribes, adds Bi-bi-si. Despite the informal recognition of his involvement in the bombing, Saudi authorities are not going to formally take responsibility until the investigation is completed.
An airstrike struck a funeral ceremony in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, on Saturday, October 8. The next day the city streets were filled with thousands of demonstrators chanting slogans against Saudi Arabia and its ruling dynasty. Until recently, however, the power of the state denied their attitude to the death of civilians.
A military conflict between the Houthis and government forces in Yemen lasts in 2014. On the side of the rebels-Shia acts of Iran. Sunni Saudi Arabia 2015 helps troops ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh. She, in turn, indirectly support the traditional allies of the US and the UK, supplying it with weapons. As a result of conflict with foreign powers in Yemen has killed about 4,000 civilians.
In the United States and Britain have repeatedly heard allegations that they encourage the slaughter on the Arabian Peninsula. The incident at the funeral may be the last straw in the patience of Western leaders. So, the British defense Secretary Michael Fallon said that the United Kingdom may reconsider the appropriateness of the supply of arms to its ally, if his guilt is confirmed.
“We are ready to adjust the nature of our assistance to Saudi Arabia to make it more compatible with the principles, values and interests of the United States,” – said the official representative of the Council of national security of the United States, Ned Price, adding that the United States “is deeply disturbed” of what happened.
“This is a flagrant offense, of course, confirms that Saudi Arabia is playing in this conflict as the aggressor. But talking about the consequences for this country yet – said in comments “MK” senior researcher at the Centre for Arab and Islamic studies, Institute of Oriental studies Boris Dolgov. – Saudi Arabia is a strategic partner of the United States and great Britain in the middle East. And although now it is quite clear that none of the coalition could not strike this blow, there are many cases when the facts during the investigation, perverted. So there are serious doubts that the Western allies eventually collapsed the support for the monarchy.”