Yemen war: Children killed in air strike on bus
[August 09 2018]
The Red Cross said a hospital it supports in Saada had received dozens of casualties
Dozens of people, many of them children, have been
killed or wounded in a Saudi-led coalition air strike in rebel-held
The bus was travelling through Dahyan market in Saada
province at the time.
The health ministry run by the rebel Houthi movement
said at least 43 people were killed. The Red Cross said most of the
victims were under 10 years old.
The coalition, which is backing Yemen's government in
a war with the Houthis, said its actions were "legitimate".
"[The air strike] conformed to international and
humanitarian laws," spokesman Col Turki al-Malki said in a statement.
He added that the coalition had responded to ballistic
missile launches by the rebels, which he said had targeted civilians in
the southern Saudi city of Jizan.
The coalition has insisted it never deliberately
targets civilians but human rights groups have accused it of bombing
markets, schools, hospitals and residential areas over the past three
In a message on Twitter, the International Committee
of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Yemen said a hospital it supports in Saada
had received dozens of casualties on Thursday.
The head of the ICRC's delegation in the country later
said "scores" had been killed, with many casualties under the age of 10.
He added that the organisation was sending additional supplies to
hospitals in the area.
The ICRC's communication co-ordinator in Yemen
confirmed the reports to the BBC but did not offer any further details.
Almost 10,000 people - two-thirds of them civilians -
have been killed since the Houthi movement took control of much of the
north of the country, including the capital Sanaa, in 2014, forcing
President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi into exile in neighbouring Saudi
The following year, a coalition of Arab states led by
Saudi Arabia intervened in the conflict.
Earlier this year, the UN children's agency UNICEF
said that more than 5,000 children had been killed or injured during the
conflict, with "nearly every child in Yemen" in need of humanitarian
Speaking to the BBC last month, Mr Hadi said that
military intervention by the Saudi-led coalition had gone on longer than
expected but the alternative, he added, was far worse.
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