Children among dozens killed in Yemen air strike

Lester Mason
August 9, 2018

The health ministry run by the rebel Houthi movement said 43 people were killed.

There was no immediate comment from the coalition, which is backing Yemen's government in a war with the Houthis.

"Today's attack in Saada was a legitimate military operation. and was carried out in accordance with worldwide humanitarian law", the Arabic-language statement said.

Last Thursday, attacks on a hospital and a fish market in the strategic rebel-held port city of Hodeida killed at least 55 civilians and wounded 170, according to the ICRC.

Johannes Bruwer, head of delegation for the ICRC in Yemen, said: "Scores killed, even more injured, most under the age of ten".

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.

Other footage showed a young boy carrying a UNICEF backpack being escorted to a hospital, his face bloodied as medical staff tried to treat his injuries.

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


It accused the Houthis of using children as human shields.

The alliance says it does not intentionally target civilians and has set up a committee to probe alleged mass casualty air strikes, which has mostly cleared the coalition of any blame.

The bus came under attack at a market in the Sa'ada town of Zahyn on Thursday, Yemen's al-Masirah television network reported.

The coalition denied responsibility for those attacks.

Yemen has been devastated by a conflict that escalated in early 2015, when the Houthis seized control of much of the west of the country and forced President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to flee overseas.

The following year, a coalition of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia intervened in the conflict.

Nearly 10,000 people - two-thirds of them civilians - have been killed and 55,000 others injured in the fighting, according to the United Nations.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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