05:28 - Source: CNN
Yemen is focus of competing political forces

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Saudis deny responsibility for the attack

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon says there is no military solution to the conflict in Yemen

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At least 131 people were killed and scores were wounded in airstrikes on a wedding ceremony in Taiz province in southwestern Yemen, the Houthi-controlled state-run Saba news agency said.

Three Yemeni security officials and Saba said the Saudi-led coalition conducted the airstrikes Monday. Saudi officials, however, denied responsibility.

“We don’t have any operations in that area,” said Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri, a coalition spokesman.

Conflict has killed at least 4,000 civilians

A spokesman said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “expresses his deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims and a swift recovery to those injured.”

“The Secretary-General has consistently stated that there is no military solution to the conflict in Yemen. Its continuation will only bring more human suffering and destruction,” the spokesman said.

The six-month war between the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis, who drove the previous government from power, has left at least 4,000 civilians dead, according to the Houthi-controlled Health Ministry.

Journalist Hakim Almasmari reported from Sanaa, Yemen, and Samira Said and Hamdi Alkhshali contributed from Atlanta.