Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Calls for investigation into deadly Yemen school bus attack

Calls for investigation into deadly Yemen school bus attack

A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, which is fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen, said it was targeting rebel missile launchers.

That was the toll at just one hospital.

"Save the Children condemns this horrific attack and is calling for a full, immediate and independent investigation into this and other recent attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, including schools and hospitals", said the group in a statement.

Saudi Arabia and Arab allies have been fighting in Yemen for more than three years against the Iran-backed Houthis, who control much of northern Yemen including the capital Sanaa and drove a Saudi-backed government into exile in 2014.

"We call on the parties to take appropriate measures to protect civilians", Nauert said.

The coalition has insisted it never deliberately targets civilians but human rights groups have accused it of bombing markets, schools, hospitals and residential areas. "The attack on civilians is not acceptable".

"The place is known to be a market, [and] there is no military installation nearby. but the Saudis are known to have done this many times-target schools, weddings and so on", Nasser Arrabyee told Al Jazeera.

The coalition acknowledged carrying out a "legitimate military action", but spokesman Turki al-Maliki told AFP claims that children were inside the bus were "misleading", adding that the bus carried "Huthi combatants". "USA mid air support", Murphy said in a tweet.

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"The secretary general condemns the airstrike today by the coalition forces in Sa'ada, which hit a busy market area in Majz district and impacted a bus carrying children from a summer camp", Farhan Haq, the United Nations chief's deputy spokesman, said in a statement on Thursday.

Asked about the airstrike by the USA -backed coalition, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters "we are certainly concerned".

A USA military spokeswoman said: "U.S. The air strikes often target civilians in Saada, so we appeal the worldwide community to intervene to stop the Saudis killing them".

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.

Nauert added the United States takes credible accounts of civilian casualties "very seriously".

The Houthis have launched a series of missile strikes on the kingdom, including the capital, Riyadh, over the past year.

Saada, the main stronghold of the Houthis, has mainly come under air strikes from the coalition as the mountainous province makes battles hard for pro-government ground troops.

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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