Monday, 20 August, 2018

39 people killed, 51 others injured, mostly children, in Yemen bus attack

One dead, several wounded after Saudi Arabia 'intercepts Yemen missile' Saudi-led coalition air strikes on bus carrying children in Yemen leaves 'dozens' dead
Leonard Rios | 10 August, 2018, 15:43

At least 50 people including children have been killed and 77 injured in an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in northern Yemen on Thursday.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the coalition air strike and called on all parties to spare civilians and "to respect their obligations under global humanitarian law, in particular the fundamental rules of distinction, proportionality and precautions in attack", U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said.

"Following an attack this morning on a bus driving children in Dahyan Market, northern Saada, (an ICRC-supported) hospital has received dozens of dead and wounded", the organisation said on Twitter without giving more details.

"Today's attack in Saada was a legitimate military operation. and was carried out in accordance with worldwide humanitarian law", the coalition said in the Arabic-language statement carried by SPA.

Health officials in Saada told Al Jazeera that 43 people were killed and 61 were wounded in the attack, the majority of whom were children.

Last week, the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes struck the gate of al-Thawra hospital and adjacent fish market in Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, killing 52 civilians and wounding 102 others.

Wednesday's attack brings the tally to 165 rebel missiles launched since 2015, according to the coalition, which that year joined the Yemeni government's fight against Huthi rebels.

The previous evening, Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels, but shrapnel killed a Yemeni man and wounded 11 others in the southern Saudi city of Jazan. The coalition denied that it had carried out air strikes in the area, and blamed the deaths on rebel mortar fire.

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Col. Al-Maliki stressed: "The Coalition will take all necessary measures against the terrorist, criminal acts of the Iranian-Houthi militias, such as recruiting child soldiers, pushing them into battlefields and using them as shields for their terrorist acts".

Houthi media broadcast graphic footage appearing to show the bodies of children.

A spokesman for the Houthis said the coalition showed "clear disregard for civilian life" by targeting a crowded public place.

"US military support to our partners mitigates noncombatant casualties", said Pentagon spokeswoman Rebecca Rebarich, according to the statement.

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

There was a horrifying attack Thursday in Yemen - a Middle Eastern country torn apart by a 3-year-old civil war. USA mid air support.

The war in the impoverished country has since left almost 10,000 people dead and unleashed what the United Nations describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

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