Yemen tribe calls strike on funeral a ‘conspiracy’

The al-Roweishan family and Kholan al-Tayel tribes released a statement calling for calm until further investigations. (Reuters)

The family and tribe whose members were killed when two missiles hit their funeral gathering days earlier have released a statement calling the bombing a “conspiracy.”

The statement released on behalf of al-Roweishan family and Kholan al-Tayel tribes by Sheikh Mohammed bin Mohammed Roweishan also called for calm until further investigations determine who was behind the attack.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting militias in Yemen said on Sunday it is ready to investigate together with the United States an air strike on a funeral ceremony in Sanaa that killed more than 140 people.

The Iran-backed Houthi militia have blamed the Arab coalition for the attack but Saudi Arabia has denied there was any Arab coalition role in a strike in Sanaa on Saturday.

The letter also criticized what the family saw as “inflammatory comments published by the ousted Saleh and Houthi militias in their attempt to integrate and invite the tribe in their insurgency.”

Saudi Arabia submits letter to UN

Late on Sunday night, Saudi Arabia’s Permeant Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Abdullah al-Mouallimi submitted a letter to the President of the Security Council Vitaly Churkin in which it expressed deep regret about the reported attack.

“We wish to reiterate our full respect, commitment and compliance with international humanitarian law and international human rights law,” the letter obtained by Al Arabiya News Channel read.

“We wish to take this opportunity to reaffirm that the coalition will spare no effort to work diligently to reach a sustainable political solution to the conflict in Yemen, pursuant to the relevant Security Council resolution,” the statement added.

Statement released by victims’ family in Arabic

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*A version of this article first appeared on AlArabiya.net.

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