News & views | 30 April 2018 | by guest blogger0
American-Made Bomb Used in Airstrike on Yemen Wedding
By Aric Toler, Bellingcat
The research for this publication was supported by PAX.
On April 22, the Saudi-led coalition carried out multiple airstrikes on a wedding in Yemen’s Hajjah Governorate, with reports of at least 33 dead, including the bride. Reportedly, the majority of casualties were women and children. Survivors of the attack described how the jets continued to circle the bombing site after the attack, preventing first responders from reaching the victims. Dozens of images and videos have been published in local and social media showing the victims of the airstrike, both at the wedding and a hospital in Hajja.
The following day, April 23, local media in Yemen published a photograph of weapon remnants taken by the Ansar Allah Media Center, which has extensively documented the airstrike through multiple social media platforms, including Telegram, Facebook, and Twitter. This photograph, along with others from the scene, were reportedly passed to the Yemen Press Agency (Saba News Agency) from the media center.