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Dozens of children slaughtered and injured in coalition airstrike on bus in northern Yemen

RT

A bus carrying children in northern Yemen was attacked on Thursday, hit by an airstrike fired by the Saudi-led coalition. The attack killed dozens, many of whom were children under the age of 10, the Red Cross has confirmed.

The bus was in the Dahyan Market in northern Sa’ada, a Houthi rebel stronghold, when it was attacked on Thursday morning. “Following an attack… [an International Committee of the Red Cross-supported] hospital has received dozens of dead and wounded,” the Red Cross confirmed, adding that “under international humanitarian law, civilians must be protected during conflict.”  

“Scores killed, even more injured, most under the age of 10,” said Johannes Bruwer, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Yemen, adding that the organization is “sending additional supplies to hospitals to cope with the influx.”

Abdul-Ghani Nayeb, head of a health department in Sa’ada, told Reuters that the death toll has so far risen to 43. Some 61 are understood to be wounded. The bus was transporting civilians, including many school children, but it is not clear how many of the casualties were bus passengers and how many were pedestrians on the surrounding street.

In a statement released by state news agency SPA, the Saudi-led coalition claimed its airstrikes in Saada were aimed at missile launchers used to attack Jiza, a city in southern Saudi Arabia.

“Today’s attack in Saada was a legitimate military operation… it conformed to international and humanitarian laws,” said coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki in the statement. The statement also accused the Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels of using children as human shields.

Saudi Arabia and its Sunni-Muslim allies have been fighting in Yemen for more than three years against the Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels. The rebels control a significant portion of northern Yemen, including the country’s capital Sana’a, which was also targeted by airstrikes later on Thursday.

The Saudi-led coalition intervened in the conflict in Yemen in 2015, in an attempt to restore the internationally recognised government to power after it was driven out by Houthi rebels in the capital.

The conflict in Yemen has created the largest food security emergency in the world, and led to a cholera outbreak that has affected nearly 1 million people since April. Since the war began in 2015, almost 10,000 people have been killed in what the United Nations has labelled as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

https://www.rt.com/news/435512-yemen-children-bus-attack/

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7 Responses to Dozens of children slaughtered and injured in coalition airstrike on bus in northern Yemen

  1. Katie says:

    Things like this are extremely sad and troubling, I wish I could fix it.

  2. galen says:

    Same thing happening to Palestinians.

    Is there anything lower than killing a child? Why aren’t there 7 billion fists in the air?

    Too much pain. Hard to take. 🙁 🙁 🙁

    Johnny:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eHc6t1KDM8

    .

  3. JoeSTP says:

    Sad, Trump scores!!!

  4. Charles Walker says:

    for everyone you kill you create a thousand who will kill you and wont forget for a thousand years.

  5. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “Today’s attack in Saada was a legitimate military operation… it conformed to international and humanitarian laws,”

    WHAT THE HELL ELSE WOULD YOU EXPECT FROM A STINKING CRYPTO-jEW?????

    MURDERING SCUM!!!!! 😡

  6. galen says:

    And this:

    Israeli airstrikes kill pregnant mother, toddler in Gaza:

    http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=780651

    Not sure how much more I can take. Horror after horror!!

    🙁

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