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A Saudi-led airstrike has killed 82 and injured 534 at a funeral in Yemen - photo AFP
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A reported Saudi-led coalition airstrike has hit a funeral ceremony in Yemen's capital of Sanaa killing 82 people and injuring 534.

The attack blasted a building that was hosting the funeral for the father of interior minister of Yemen and rebel Houthi loyalist Jalal al-Ruwaishan. 

Yemen's acting health minister Ghazi Ismail described the incident as "barbaric air attacks against civilians and civilian targets."


The Saudi-led coalition has denied carrying out the attack. 

Yemen has become unstable since a 2011 uprising which led to the end of the 33-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.


In 2014, the Houthis seized governmental control of Sanaa, leading to the downfall of the Saudi Arabian-backed Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. The Houthis are a socio-political group that grew out of north Yemen in the 1990s in opposition to oppression of the then central government. 

A coalition of forces led by Saudi Arabia attacked the Houthis on March 26, 2015 to restore Hadi to power. The country has been in civil war ever since, with about 10,000 Yemenis killed, 3,799 civilians, and three million people displaced from their homes.


Vocabulary
reported - said / believed to be
coalition - a group of allies 
airstrike - an attack by jets, planes, etc.
to host - to organize and hold an event
loyalist - someone who is fully devoted to a group
barbaric - extremely gruesome, terrible; showing no mercy
civilians - the people; non-military citizens
to deny - to say you did not do something
unstable - unsafe (here, because of military fighting)
uprising - an act of (political) rebellion against a government
to seize - to take by force
Saudi Arabian-backed - supported by Saudi Arabia
coalition of forces - a group of military powers working together
displaced - forced to move away (from their homes)

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