Russia Urges Investigation Into Saudi Airstrike On Funeral Site In Yemen

Forensic experts investigate the scene at the community hall where Saudi-led warplanes struck a funeral in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, October 9, 2016. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Al-Thawra Net

Russia has called for a thorough and unbiased investigation into a Saudi airstrike that killed over 140 people at a funeral in the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a, urging punitive measures against all those responsible for the attack.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, in a statement released on Sunday, condemned the Saturday airstrike, saying, “It must be thoroughly and impartially investigated; and its organizers and executors must be duly punished.”

The Russian statement added that “a repeat of such a tragedy can only be avoided through the cessation of violence and the resumption of a comprehensive political process, where Yemenis themselves determine their future on the basis of corresponding United Nations resolutions and national dialog without any external interference.”

More than 140 people lost their lives and over 525 others sustained injuries on October 8 when Saudi military aircraft struck a hall in the Yemeni capital where rows of people were attending a funeral.