SANAA, Yemen — A tribal leader says nearly 90 civilians were killed in an airstrike by government warplanes this week that hit a makeshift camp for people fleeing fighting in northern Yemen.
Sheikh Mohammed Hassan, a tribal leader from the area who attended a mass funeral for the victims Thursday, put the death toll at 87, most of them women and children. He says 29 wounded remain in the hospital.
Hassan and other witnesses say the strike Wednesday hit the camp near the town of Horf Sufyan, located north of the capital San’a, near the front lines of intensifying fighting between government forces and Shiite rebels. Government officials have refused any comment on the strike.