Backed Coalition Bombs School Bus, Killing Dozens of Yemeni Kids

Saudi-led coalition air strikes on bus carrying children in Yemen leaves 'dozens' dead

Saudi-led coalition air strikes on bus carrying children in Yemen leaves 'dozens' dead

UN Secretary General António Guterres has condemned a recent deadly airstrike by Saudi warplanes on a bus carrying Yemeni school children, calling for an independent investigation into the case.

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

Footage from the scene, in the area of northern Yemen that is the heartland of the Houthi rebels fighting the recognised government, showed children as young as six being pulled from the wreckage.

"Targeting Saudis and residents in Saudi is a red line", coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki later told Al Arabiya TV.

A State Department spokeswoman expressed concern over the airstrike, and called for the Saudi-led coalition to investigate.

One person was killed in that attack, Saudi state media reported.

Unicef, the United Nations children's agency, said on Twitter that there were "no more excuses...."

Yemeni tribal elders told the Associated Press that the bus was hit as it passed through the Dahyan market and that it was transporting local civilians, including many school children.

"More than 40 people have been killed in a Saudi-led coalition air strike in Yemen".

Yemenis helps a wounded child after being injured in an alleged Saudi-led airstrike, at a hospital in the northern province of Saada.

Saudi Arabia shot down the missile, with debris killing a Yemeni man and wounding 11 others, the coalition said.

The alliance also accused the Houthis of using children as human shields.

Saudi Arabia and some of its allies have been fighting in Yemen for more than three years against the Houthis, a rebel group who control much of north Yemen, including the capital Sanaa, and drove a Riyadh-backed government into exile in 2014.

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.

Coalition spokesman Maliki confirmed the strike had hit a bus, telling AFP "the elements inside the bus were Huthi combatants".

The coalition denied responsibility for those attacks. "The air strikes often target civilians in Saada, so we appeal the worldwide community to intervene to stop the Saudis killing them". Just one week ago, an air raid in Hodeidah seaport claimed the lives of 55 civilians.

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.

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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