Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Red Cross: Death toll rises to 50 in Yemen bus attack

Red Cross: Death toll rises to 50 in Yemen bus attack

The coalition did not specify the target, but the International Committee of the Red Cross said the attack hit a bus filled with children, causing dozens of casualties.

Investigations by the United Nations and the USA have found evidence that the missiles fired by the Houthis were supplied by Tehran.

Medics treat a Yemeni child who was injured in a reported air strike at an emergency clinic in the Iran-backed Huthi rebels' stronghold province of Saada on 8 August 2018.

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

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

"Under worldwide humanitarian law, civilians must be protected during conflict", the ICRC said.

At least 43 people were killed and 63 injured in the strike, according to the Houthi-held health ministry.

"Air strikes usually target relievers, but this time they didn't", he said. Errant strikes have killed hundreds of civilians at hospitals, schools and markets.

According to Abu Muzahem there are no military bases or positions near the market.

Maliki said those responsible for firing ballistic missiles and targeting civilians would "get what they deserve". In a statement released through the state-run Saudi Press Agency, Riyadh called the airstrike a "legitimate military action" conducted in accordance with worldwide law.

Worldwide rights groups repeated calls for an end to the war and strongly condemned the bus attack and other civilian massacres.

The International Committee of the Red Cross tweeted that an ICRC-supported hospital received many dead and wounded after the strike on a market in Dahyan, Saada.

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"Under global humanitarian law, civilians must be protected during conflict", it added.

The International Committee of the Red Cross, citing local officials, announced that a total of 50 people have died in the attack and 77 have been injured, a lot of them children.

A Reuters photographer saw bloodied and bandaged children being treated by doctors. It wasn't immediately clear how numerous casualties were on the bus and how many were pedestrians in the immediate area around it.

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

There was no immediate comment from the Houthis in response to the coalition allegations.

Geert Cappelaere, the UN Children's Fund regional director in the Middle East and North Africa, said the children were "reportedly under the age of 15".

"I am watching with horror the images and videos coming from Saada in #Yemen and I have no words".

"More than 40 people have been killed in a Saudi-led coalition air strike in Yemen. The attack on civilians is not acceptable".

A child lies in hospital after the school bus he was on was allegedly attacked by the Saudi-led coalition.

The Houthis have fired a number of ballistic missiles at the Saudi capital, Riyadh, and other cities. At least 50 civilians were killed in the attack, mostly schoolchildren, and 77 others were wounded.

The coalition denied responsibility for those attacks.

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