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Saudi-led coalition blames Yemeni party for funeral bombing

  • FILE- In this Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 file photo, members of the Higher Council for Civilian Community Organization inspect a destroyed funeral hall as they protest against a deadly Saudi-led airstrike on a funeral hall six days ago, in Sanaa, Yemen. An investigation team with the Saudi-led coalition says wrong information is behind the lethal bombing of a packed funeral in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, which left around 140 dead and over 600 people injured. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

    FILE- In this Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 file photo, members of the Higher Council for Civilian Community Organization inspect a destroyed funeral hall as they protest against a deadly Saudi-led airstrike on a funeral hall six days ago, in Sanaa, Yemen. An investigation team with the Saudi-led coalition says wrong information is behind the lethal bombing of a packed funeral in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, which left around 140 dead and over 600 people injured. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 file photo, members of the Higher Council for Civilian Community Organization inspect a destroyed funeral hall as they protest against a deadly Saudi-led airstrike on a funeral hall six days ago, in Sanaa, Yemen. An investigation team with the Saudi-led coalition says wrong information is behind the lethal bombing of a packed funeral in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, which left around 140 dead and over 600 people injured. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

    FILE- In this Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 file photo, members of the Higher Council for Civilian Community Organization inspect a destroyed funeral hall as they protest against a deadly Saudi-led airstrike on a funeral hall six days ago, in Sanaa, Yemen. An investigation team with the Saudi-led coalition says wrong information is behind the lethal bombing of a packed funeral in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, which left around 140 dead and over 600 people injured. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)  (The Associated Press)

An investigation team with the Saudi-led coalition says wrong information led to the lethal bombing of a packed funeral in the Yemeni capital Sanaa last weekend, which killed around 140 people and wounded more than 600.

The Joint Incidents Assessment Team accused "a party affiliated to the Yemeni Presidency of the General Chief of Staff" of passing wrong information that the hall was packed with Houthi leaders.

It added that the party insisted the location was "a legitimate military target," the statement written in English said. It also said the Air Operation Center in Yemen directed a "close air support mission" to target the site without getting approval from the coalition's command. The committee said compensation must be offered to the families of the victims.