Airstrike on children's bus in Yemen kills at least 20

10 August, 2018, 15:43 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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Col. Al-Maliki stressed: "The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition will take all deterrent measures against such barbaric, frivolous launches in conformity with the worldwide humanitarian law, and those who support these terrorist crimes will be held accountable for their actions.

We are unable to verify the details at this moment", Save the Children wrote on August 9.

Children have been killed or wounded in an attack on a bus in northern Yemen, the International Committee of the Red Cross says.

A spokesman for the Red Cross in Sanaa told AFP the toll was not final as casualties from the attack were taken to several hospitals.

A Yemeni child is transported to a hospital after being wounded in a reported airstrike on the Iran-backed Huthi rebels' stronghold province of Saada, on Thu., Aug. 9, 2018.

The strikes also hit a bus, as children were on a field trip, according to reports.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday condemned the air strike and called for an "independent and prompt investigation", his spokesperson said.

"We call on the Saudi-led coalition to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the incident", Nauert said.

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the United States did not have the "full details of what happened on the ground" but said "we're concerned about these reports".

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


He said: "No there were not children on the bus".

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said "civilians continue to pay the highest price after three years of war in Yemen, thousands of them have been killed, injured or maimed".

Houthi media aired gruesome footage appearing to show the bodies of children in school uniform.

Saudi Arabia backs Yemen's internationally recognized government and has been at war with the Houthis since March 2015.

Colonel al-Maliki said the coalition will take all necessary actions against the criminal, terrorist acts of pro-Iranian Houthi militias, such as the recruitment and placement of children on battle fronts and "using them as tools to cover for their terrorist acts".

The Saudi-led coalition, meanwhile, said it targeted the rebels, known as Houthis, who had fired a missile at the kingdom's south on Wednesday, killing one person who was a Yemeni resident in the area.

It accused the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Shiite rebels on the side of the government of hitting the bus in an air strike.

The Houthis have fired a number of ballistic missiles at the Saudi capital, Riyadh, and other cities.

Fragments from a missile launched at the Jizan Industrial City in southern Saudi Arabia late on Wednesday, killed one Yemeni civilian and wounded 11, Saudi state media said earlier on Thursday.

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