'A bus carrying children in northern Yemen has been attacked, killing dozens, many under the age of ten, the Red Cross has confirmed. Local tribal leaders told AP that the airstrike was carried out by the Saudi-led coalition.
The bus was transporting children in Dahyan Market in northern Sa’ada when it was attacked on Thursday morning. “Following an attack… [an ICRC-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.”
Following an attack this morning on a bus driving children in Dahyan Market, northern Sa’ada, @ICRC_yemen- supported hospital has received dozens of dead and wounded. Under international humanitarian law, civilians must be protected during conflict. pic.twitter.com/x39NVB8G4p
— ICRC Yemen (@ICRC_ye) August 9, 2018
Yemeni tribal leaders accused the Saudi-led coalition of carrying out the airstrike, according to AP. Al Masirah, a TV station run by the Houthi rebels, also has accused the coalition forces fighting Shiite rebels for the attack.'
Saudi-led coaltion calls airstrike that killed children in Yemen 'legitimate action'
The Saudi-led coalition has accused Houthi rebels in Yemen of using children as human shields following an attack on a bus on Thursday, saying their airstrikes in Saada constituted ‘legitimate action.’
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 after dozens were killed in the Dahyan Market in northern Saada on Thursday.
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