Published: Thu, August 09, 2018

One dead, several wounded after Saudi Arabia 'intercepts Yemen missile'

One dead, several wounded after Saudi Arabia 'intercepts Yemen missile'

Dozens of children, most believed to be under the age of 10, have been killed after a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a school bus in northern Yemen Thursday.

The ICRC said in its tweet: "Under global humanitarian law, civilians must be protected during conflict".

The Western-backed alliance fighting the Iranian-aligned Houthi group in Yemen said the air strikes targeted missile launchers used to attack the southern Saudi industrial city of Jizan, killing a Yemeni civilian there, a statement carried by the state news agency SPA said.

There was no immediate comment from the coalition, which intervened in 2015 to try to restore the internationally recognized government to power after it was driven out of the capital Sanaa by the rebels.

Fragments from a missile launched into Saudi Arabia from Yemen by Houthi forces killed one civilian and wounded 11, Saudi state media said on Thursday.

He said additional supplies were being sent to hospitals to cope with the influx.


The ICRC said one attack hit the bus carrying children in Dahyan market, in northern Saada, adding hospitals there had received dozens of dead and wounded.

The alliance says it does not intentionally target civilians and has set up a committee to probe alleged mass casualty air strikes, which has mostly cleared the coalition of any blame.

He accused the rebels of using children as "tools and covers for their terrorist acts". "Why are children being killed?" tweeted UNICEF's resident representative in Yemen, Meritxell Relano.

The coalition denied responsibility for those attacks.

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The fighting and a partial blockade by the coalition has also left 22 million people in need of humanitarian aid, created the world's largest food security emergency, and led to a cholera outbreak that is thought to have affected a million people.

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