Death toll rises to 50 in Yemen bus attack - Red Cross

Hannah Rogers
August 10, 2018

The UN has joined the United States in calling for an investigation into a Saudi-led coalition attack on a bus in Yemen that the Red Cross says killed at least 29 children on Thursday.

The coalition said the strike targeted the Iran-backed Huthi rebels responsible for a deadly missile attack on the Saudi city of Jizan on Wednesday.

He said additional supplies were being sent to hospitals to cope with the influx.

‏He added: "Launching ballistic missiles at densely-populated civilian areas is a direct breach of the principles of global humanitarian law".

The school bus was hit as it was driving through a market in the rebel-held province of Saada, according to the Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV.

A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia has been carrying out airstrikes since 2015 against Houthi positions - causing thousands of civilian deaths in the process, according to war monitors - in an attempt to restore the internationally-recognized government of President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.

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

He stressed that the Houthi leaders and terrorist elements responsible for firing ballistic missiles and targeting civilians will be targeted as part of the coalition efforts to prevent terrorist elements from harming regional and global security.

The fighting and a partial blockade by the coalition has also left 22 million people in need of humanitarian aid, created the world's largest food security emergency, and led to a cholera outbreak that is thought to have affected a million people.

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Footage from the scene, in the area of northern Yemen that is the heartland of the Houthi rebels fighting the recognised government, showed children as young as six being pulled from the wreckage.

It accused the Houthis of using children as human shields. It also said the missile was launched "deliberately to target residential and populated areas".

"The air strikes often target civilians in Saada, so we appeal the worldwide community to intervene to stop the Saudis killing them".

"We call on the Saudi-led coalition to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the incident", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told a press briefing.

The Houthis have launched a series of missile strikes on the kingdom, including the capital, Riyadh, over the past year.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the USA was "concerned" by reports of an attack resulting in civilian deaths.

Coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki even claimed that the strikes "conformed to global and humanitarian laws".

More than 10,000 people have been killed in three years of war, according to the United Nations. There was no immediate comment from the Houthis in response to the coalition allegations.

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