Yemen war: 'Children killed' in bus attack

Yemen war: 'Children killed' in bus attack

Yemen war: 'Children killed' in bus attack

A Saudi-led coalition air strike hit a bus carrying children in rebel-held northern Yemen on Thursday, killing and wounding dozens.

The Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television quoted a statement by the Saudi-led coalition as saying that "Thursday's airstrikes targeted Iranian-allied Houthi rebels who fired a ballistic missile on Wednesday at the Saudi commercial city in border Jazan region".

The International Committee of the Red Cross said medics in the Yemeni city of Saada, where the attack took place, had received the bodies of the children, all of them under 15 years of age.

"Under worldwide humanitarian law, civilians must be protected during conflict", the ICRC said.

Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV reported that 47 people were killed and 77 wounded, and broadcast graphic pictures showing the bodies of several young children, some of them wearing school uniform.

Unicef, the United Nations children's agency, said on Twitter that there were "no more excuses...."

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their allies intervened in the conflict the following March, aiming to push back the Houthis and restore the internationally recognised government to power.

On Wednesday night, Col. Al-Maliki stated that at (20:34) the Coalition Air Defense detected a ballistic missile launch from Northern Amran in Yemen, aimed at Saudi Arabia.

"Scores killed, even more injured, most under the age of ten".

He accused the rebels of using children as "tools and covers for their terrorist acts".

"Save the Children condemns this horrific attack and is calling for a full, immediate and independent investigation into this and other recent attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, including schools and hospitals", said the group in a statement.

Speaking to the BBC last month, Mr Hadi said that military intervention by the Saudi-led coalition had gone on longer than expected but the alternative, he added, was far worse.

"The victims were the children in the bus, passersby and merchants in the market, and some injuries are serious, so the number of deaths may increase".

@AdamjohnsonNYC I just saw MSNBC do a short segment on how USA back Saudi Arabia dropped a bomb on a school bus in Yemen.

The Yemen war has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced more than 2 million and driven the country to the verge of starvation, according to the United Nations.

Why is there a war in Yemen?

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.

Saudi Arabia says this was a legitimate military operation, targeting Yemeni rebels backed by Iran, its arch enemy. "USA mid air support", Murphy said in a tweet.

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