Published: Wed, August 15, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Thousands mourn Yemeni children killed by coalition air strike

Thousands mourn Yemeni children killed by coalition air strike

Thousands of people have gathered in Yemen for the funerals of dozens of children killed in a Saudi-led coalition attack on a bus last week.

In a statement on Monday, Lt. Cmdr.

The coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 in a bid to restore the internationally recognised government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi after the Iran-backed Huthis drove his government out of the capital Sanaa.

According to the Houthi Health Ministry, 79 people in total and 56 children were wounded in the attack, which quickly drew condemnation and demands for an independent investigation from global humanitarian groups, the United Nations, and a small number of American lawmakers.

Saudi-led Arab coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said that the missile was sacked from Yemen's Amran region on Saturday evening and detected by the air defenses.

Defense officials described the US general's visit as a fact-finding mission and said the United States would not conduct a separate investigation.

A USA military spokeswoman said United States forces were not involved in Thursday's air strike. The US State Department urged the Saudi-led coalition to "conduct a thorough and transparent investigation". "Central Command was not involved in the airstrike in Saada".

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As Philly.com's Will Bunch noted in a column on Sunday, the Saudi-led coalition's school bus bombing forced the corporate media-which has nearly completely ignoredthe humanitarian crisis in Yemen-"to pay at least a little bit of attention".

The team confirmed, however, that the coalition has mistakenly targeted a civilian vehicle in a military conflict zone and recommended to compensate for the error.

"This hostile act, carried out by the terrorist Iranian Houthi militia, proves that the Iranian regime is still providing them with advanced capabilities, in flagrant defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions 2216 and 2231, with the main objective of threatening Saudi, regional and global security", Maliki stated.

In addition to last Thursday's atrocity, the Saudi-led coalition has used the MK-82 bombs to target Yemeni civilians in the past, such as the coalition's bombing of a funeral in 2016 that left over 140 dead and 525 wounded. "We don't have a lot of people on the ground".

The representative of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Yemen, Meritxell Relaño, reported that her organization is now trying to confirm the death toll in the event, while the Red Cross estimates that at least 29 children died.

Yemen's rebel-run Al Masirah TV aired footage of injured children weeping as blood streamed down their faces.

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