Dozens of children die in attack on Yemeni school bus

Hugh Fox
August 10, 2018

One person was killed in that attack, Saudi state media reported.

He said this made the attack a "legitimate military action in accordance with global humanitarian law".

Houthi spokesperson Mohammed Abdul-Salam said the coalition showed "clear disregard for civilian life" as the attack had targeted a crowded public place in the city.

Saudi Arabia shot down a missile fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels on Wednesday, with debris killing a Yemeni man and wounding 11 others, a Riyadh-led coalition fighting the insurgents said.

In July, a Badr 1 missile was sacked at Jizan Economic City, where Saudi Aramco is building a 400,000-barrel-per-day refinery.

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Col. Al-Maliki affirmed that the leaders and militants responsible for launching ballistic missiles and targeting civilians would be held accountable under the Coalition's efforts to prevent terrorist elements from compromising regional and global security.

Earlier, Maliki accused the Huthis of "recruiting child soldiers, throwing them in battlefields and using them as tools". The International Committee for the Red Cross put the toll much lower. Most of the images of the children hit by this airstrike are so gruesome the broadcasting rules don't allow us to show them - but a warning, the report still contains distressing images.

Reporters at the scene said it was unclear why the bus was targeted, noting that there are no military installations anywhere near the market.

The ICRC said its medical team at the hospital had received the bodies of 29 children, all under 15 years of age. "Are they part of the elements responsible for the attack [last night], I think that question should be asked of the Houthi and they need to answer it".

On Wednesday, a Saudi-led coalition spokesman Col.

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Saudi Arabia and Sunni Muslim allies intervened in Yemen's war in 2015 against the Houthis, who control the most populous areas of Yemen, including the capital Sanaa, and drove the internationally recognized government into exile in 2014.

The Western-backed alliance fighting the Iranian-aligned Houthi group in Yemen said its actions were legitimate, insisting it never deliberately targets civilians. That assistance has come under sharp criticism from Congress and the worldwide community as civilian deaths have continued to multiply, even as the coalition promises not to target civilians.

The strike was carried out by the Saudi Arabian-led coalition, which is backed in this war by the U.S.

A Saudi Arabian blockade has contributed to starvation and disease while a United Nations report found the Saudi-led bombing campaign - carried out with USA support - has hit schools, even weddings.

After the strike, the United States, which largely supports the coalition's campaign, issued a statement.

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