Publicado: Vie, Agosto 10, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

At least 20 dead after airstrike hits bus carrying children in Yemen

At least 20 dead after airstrike hits bus carrying children in Yemen

"(The air strikes) conformed to global and humanitarian laws", the coalition statement said, quoting spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki.

The world has forgotten Yemen's bloody war, but when you look at these young victims - their tiny bodies, some still struggling for life - you won't be able to forget them.

On Twitter, the Red Cross in Yemen said a hospital it supports had received 29 dead children, all under 15 years old, and another 48 injured people.

In a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, the coalition called the strike a "legitimate military action" that targeted elements responsible for a rebel missile attack on the Saudi city of Jizan on Wednesday.

An official in Saada's medical office, who wished to remain anonymous, told Middle East Eye the air strikes killed 47 people with 77 more wounded, and that number was likely to rise.

Worldwide aid groups were quick to condemn the air strike.

A TV station run by the rebel Houthi movement reports that it was hit by a Saudi-led coalition air strike.

Upon interception, Saudis say the missile exploded into fragments that killed one Yemeni civilian and injured 11 other people.

A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, which is fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen, said it was targeting rebel missile launchers.

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The school bus that was bombed was reportedly carrying children back to religious education classes after a picnic near the city of Dahyan, according to reports from Save the Children and Al Jazeera.

‏Col. Al-Maliki reported that the ballistic missile was launched deliberately by the terrorist Iranian Houthi militias to target densely-populated civilian areas in Jazan, Saudi Arabia, where the missile was intercepted and destroyed by the Royal Saudi Air Defense.

The United Nations envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, last week told the Security Council "a political solution" to end the Yemen war was "available" and that the warring sides would be invited to talks on September 6 in Geneva.

The ICRC said in its tweet: "Under global humanitarian law, civilians must be protected during conflict".

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

The United States is helping the coalition, the only party in the conflict to use war planes, with refueling, intelligence, and billions in weapons sales.

In another video, which appears to show the immediate aftermath of the strike, several lifeless bodies of children lay under a blown-up bus.

It is with the stated aim of dislodging the Houthis, and restoring the previous government, that the Sunni coalition has waged a years-long airstrike campaign in the country with the support of the U.S. Since large-scale fighting erupted in 2015, the ensuing violence has left more than 10,000 people killed and the country's health infrastructure so badly battered, almost 18 million Yemenis lack reliable access to food.

"The human cost of the war in Yemen is so high".

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