A Saudi-led coalition air attack on a school bus has killed dozens of people, including some 30 children, on Thursday in Sa’ada province, the capital of Yemen, near Baghdad. the border with Saudi Arabia, announced the Yemeni Medical Services and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
According to the latest ICRC report on Twitter, medical teams in Sana’a collected the bodies of 29 children, all under the age of fifteen. They also cared for 48 wounded, including 30 children.
This report concerns the only hospital in Sanaa where ICRC teams operate.
The head of the health department in Saada, the capital under the control of Shiite rebels Houthis, Abdoul Ghani Nayeb, reported a heavier balance sheet: “A bus carrying children from a summer school was Today, there are 43 martyrs and nearly 63 wounded, “he told Reuters.
The aerial bombardment targeted a bus that was driving children to the Dahyan market in northern Saada, according to IARC and the health services.
This attack on a busy market demonstrates “the blatant disregard of the coalition for the lives of civilians,” said a spokesman for the Houthis.
The Saudi-led coalition said the aerial bombardment was targeting missile launchers used to attack the industrial city of Djizan in southern Saudi Arabia the day before.
These strikes “were in line with international and humanitarian law,” the press release issued by the SPA news agency, which accuses the Houthis of using children as human shields.
Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Muslim allies entered the civil war in Yemen in March 2015 to chase Iranian-aligned Shi’ite Houthis, who control much of northern Yemen, including its capital Sanaa, and return power to the Yemeni government in exile.
Representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Yemen have deployed emergency means to deal with the influx of wounded.
“Ugly, shameful and unworthy,” denounced Jan Egeland, who heads the Norwegian Refugee Council, a humanitarian NGO that helps displaced people. “When a bus carrying innocent schoolchildren becomes a legitimate target, we are in flagrant disregard for the rules of war,” he added.