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

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

The ICRC said a strike hit the bus driving children in Dahyan market, in northern Saada.

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

Most of the images of the children hit by this airstrike are so gruesome the broadcasting rules don't allow us to show them - but a warning, the report still contains distressing images.

Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam accused the coalition of showing "clear disregard for civilian life" by targeting a crowded public place.

Fragments from the Houthi missile launched at Jizan Industrial City killed one Yemeni civilian and wounded 11, Saudi state media said earlier on Thursday.

The attack was also denounced by the United Nations children agency, UNICEF.

"Save the Children condemns this horrific attack and is calling for a full, immediate and independent investigation into this and other recent attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, including schools and hospitals", said the group in a statement.

Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, Ambassador of Yemen to the USA and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, reportedly said Iran was able to increase "its military and financial support for the Houthi rebels in Yemen" following the implementation of the JCPOA under former President Barack Obama.

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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".

The coalition said Wednesday's attack brought the tally of rebel missiles launched since 2015, the year it joined the Yemeni government's fight against the rebels, to 165.

Health officials in Saada told Al Jazeera that 43 people were killed and 61 were wounded in the attack, the majority of whom were children.

Turki al-Malki was defiant about the attack on the busload of children, saying it was retaliation for a missile strike from the rebel Houthis. It went on to accuse Houthi rebels of using children as human shields.

The Saudi government issued a statement on August 9 and described the strike as "a legitimate military action" and was "conducted in conformity with the worldwide humanitarian law". A hospital supported by the aid group has received "dozens of dead and wounded", adding that "under global humanitarian law, civilians must be protected during conflict".

The Yemen war has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced more than two million and driven the country to the verge of starvation, according to the United Nations.

He added that as a result of Trump's "strong and positive signals", Iranian-backed Houthi rebels are beginning to engage more with the peace process and said, "So withdrawing from the Iran deal will definitely contribute to the end of the war in Yemen".

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