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Arab coalition denies striking wedding party in Yemen

The Arab coalition has denied that its warplanes targeted a wedding in Yemen’s Dhamar, the second alleged strike on a wedding party in the Arabian Peninsula country in just over a week.

“The coalition did not conduct any air strikes in that area. Ongoing fighting between the Houthis and other factions have been going on in that area.

“Not every time an explosion or an attack takes place, it is committed by the coalition. We do not target civilian areas, ” Spokesperson for the coalition, Ahmad al-Asiri told Al Jazeera over the phone.

“We do know that many weapons are hidden in civilian areas but we do not bomb these areas at all.”

The suspected air strike killed at least 28 people and wounded 38 others at the wedding party, witnesses said, even as UN peace efforts make headway.

The new raid hit a house where dozens of people were celebrating on Wednesday evening in the town of Sanban in Dhamar province, 100km south of the capital Sanaa, residents said.

The Houthi-affiliated Al Masirah television said on Twitter that the wedding was hit by “aggression warplanes”, referring to the coalition.

In September a suspected coalition strike killed at least 131 civilians at a wedding near the Red Sea city of al-Mokha, which the UN said may have been the deadliest hit since March.

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