Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

At least 43 killed, including children, in attack on Yemen market

At least 43 killed, including children, in attack on Yemen market

On Wednesday, the official Saudi Press Agency carried a statement by the Saudi-led coalition saying fragments of a missile fired by the Houthis into the kingdom's south killed one civilian and wounded 11.

It also received 48 wounded, including 30 children.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) denounced American military aid to Saudi Arabia following reports of a devastating airstrike on a Yemeni school bus on Thursday. The province lies along the border with Saudi Arabia.

Separately, a White House National Security Council spokeswoman referred to "conflicting reports in global media" and said "we are waiting for an official assessment of what actually happened".

It was unclear how many air strikes were carried out in the area.

A spokesman for the Houthis said the coalition showed "clear disregard for civilian life" by targeting a crowded public place. At least 50 civilians were killed in the attack, mostly schoolchildren, and 77 others were wounded.

"Our noncombat support focuses on improving coalition processes and procedures, especially regarding compliance with the law of armed conflict and best practices for reducing the risk of civilian casualties", the statement said.

Colonel al-Maliki said the coalition will take all necessary actions against the criminal, terrorist acts of pro-Iranian Houthi militias, such as the recruitment and placement of children on battle fronts and "using them as tools to cover for their terrorist acts".

In an earlier tweet, the Red Cross said the strike hit a bus filled with children in Dahyan Market in northern Saada, a stronghold of the Huthi rebels.

A USA military spokesperson said United States forces were not involved in Thursday's air strike. "This is why we need an independent investigation into attacks on civilians so that perpetrators can be held to account", Ghaly added.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been leading a military campaign in support of the internationally recognised government in Yemen and against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

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 ICRC says most of the casualties were children under the age of 10 and were killed when their bus was targeted along with the market they were in.


Later on Thursday, airstrikes hit the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, and sounds of the blasts reverberated across the city's southern and western neighborhoods.

More than 10 thousand people have been killed as a result of the war in Yemen.

The ballistic missile was sacked from the northern Yemeni province of Amran towards the southern Saudi city of Jizan, said a coalition statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency.

In response, Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam called the coalition statement "absolutely ridiculous".

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