Dozens dead after school bus carrying children hit by airstrike

Elias Hubbard
August 9, 2018

In the Yemeni capital, rebel-run Al Masirah TV gave a different number, saying the attack killed 39 people and wounded 51, mainly children.

Johannes Bruwer, head of delegation for the ICRC in Yemen, also said in a tweet that most of the victims were under the age of 10.

Saudi Arabia said it shot down a rebel missile, with shrapnel leaving a Yemeni resident dead and 11 wounded.

"Shrapnel from the intercepted missile scattered over residential areas, leaving a Yemeni resident killed and 11 other civilians wounded", the coalition said.

The coalition, which is backing Yemen's government in a war with the Houthis, said its actions were "legitimate".

Yemeni tribal elders told the Associated Press that the bus was hit as it passed through the Dahyan market and that it was transporting local civilians, including many school children. "[ICRC] sending additional supplies to hospitals to cope with the influx".

The Saudi-led coalition called the airstrike a "legitimate military operation", and a retaliation to a Houthi ballistic missile that targeted the kingdom's Jizan province on Wednesday night, according to Saudi Arabia's official news agency.

"Today's attack in Saada was a legitimate military operation... it conformed to global and humanitarian laws", said coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki in the statement.

It accused the Houthis of using children as human shields.

It was not immediately clear whether the bus was the target of the air strike, but coalition spokesman Col Turki al-Malki said the attack was "a legitimate military action, conducted in conformity with global humanitarian law".

The coalition denied responsibility for those attacks.

Elsewhere, Saudi fighter jets pounded Zabid District in Yemen's western province of Hudaydah, killing two civilians and injuring one child.

So far, almost 10,000 people have died in the war in Yemen, which has unleashed what the United Nations describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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