Saudi airstrike hits school bus killing at least 29 children

10 August 2018

Saudi airstrike hits school bus killing at least 29 children


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A Saudi-coalition airstrike on a market in the Houthi stronghold of Saada on Thursday (local time) has killed up to 29 children after a school bus was targeted in the attack, the Red Cross has reported.

A spokesperson for the Saudi-led coalition said the attack, which left dozens of civilians injured, was a “legitimate military action” against Houthi rebels and was carried out under the impression the targeted bus was carrying militants.

The spokesperson also said claims made by aid organisations that children were inside the bus were “misleading”.


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The children, all younger than 15, were reportedly attending a summer school program teaching the Holy Quran.

A witness shop keeper wounded by the blast said “[t]hose who died were residents, children and shop owners,” as cited by SBS.


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Johannes Bruwer, head of the Yemen International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation, tweeted yesterday that local officials saw a total of 50 people dead while 77 remain injured.

According to Mr Bruwer, an Al Talh ICRC hospital “received 30 dead and 48 injured, of which the vast majority were children.”

The strike by Saudi-UAE military is under investigation by the United Nations chief and US State Department.

“We call on the parties to take appropriate measures to protect civilians,” US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

Doctors Without Borders condemned the incident, saying, “Civilians continue to pay the highest price after three years of war in Yemen, thousands of them have been killed, injured or maimed.”