Backed Coalition Bombs School Bus, Killing Dozens of Yemeni Kids

Image      An ICRC-supported hospital received many dead and wounded Red Cross says

Image An ICRC-supported hospital received many dead and wounded Red Cross says

Airstrikes on a market in northern Yemen on Thursday killed dozens of people, including at least 29 children in a school bus, drawing global condemnation and putting a spotlight on a USA -backed Saudi military coalition accused of carrying out the attack.

The International Red Cross says the airstrike hit a bus full of children, parked in a busy market in Dahyan, in Sa'ada province - controlled by the Houthis.

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

Al-Masirah, the TV station of the armed Houthi movement, said on its Twitter account that 39 people had been killed and 51 wounded.

Geert Cappelaere, the UN Children's Fund regional director in the Middle East and North Africa, said all the children on the bus were "reportedly under the age of 15".

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

In July, a Badr 1 missile was sacked at Jizan Economic City, where Saudi Aramco is building a 400,000-barrel-per-day refinery.

On August 2, 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.

"The attack carried out today by the coalition in Saada was against those people responsible for the ballistic missile attack last night ... the allegation [that civilians were targeted] is coming by the Houthis, and it's still an allegation", Col Al Maliki said.

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"Scores killed, even more injured, most under the age of ten".

The children were on a summer school field trip when their bus was struck at a market, the first stop of the day, killing 50 and injuring 77. Video footage, which CBS News can't independently verify, appear to show the devastating aftermath.

Alarmed by the rise of a group they saw as an Iranian proxy, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and seven other Arab states intervened in an attempt to restore the government.

The US State Department called on Thursday for the Saudi-led coalition to investigate the air strikes.

The United Nations has called for all parties involved in the conflict in Yemen to engage in peace talks.

Reuters reported that the militants have fired dozens of missiles into the kingdom in recent months, often intercepted by Saudi forces. "USA mid air support", Murphy said in a tweet.

The Houthis have fired a number of ballistic missiles at the Saudi capital, Riyadh, and other cities.

Impoverished Yemen, on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, is now in the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with more than 22.2 million people in need of assistance.

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