Backed Coalition Bombs School Bus, Killing Dozens of Yemeni Kids

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

Dozens of students were returning from a summer camp when their driver paused to grab a something at a market in Yemen's Saada province.

But on social media, critics noted that other coverage of the air strike in the United States and Britain-which also supports the coalition-failed to acknowledge the countries' involvement in the war.

"Following an attack this morning on a bus driving children in Dahyan Market, northern Saada, (an ICRC-supported) hospital has received dozens of dead and wounded", the organization said on Twitter without giving more details.

As many as 50 people were reported dead after the attack, with another 77 injured.

The United Nations envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, last week told the Security Council "a political solution" to end the Yemen war was "available" and that the warring sides would be invited to talks on September 6 in Geneva.

‏He added: "Launching ballistic missiles at densely-populated civilian areas is a direct breach of the principles of global humanitarian law".

And Guterres called for a prompt independent investigation into the incident.

The following year, a coalition of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia intervened in the conflict. Most have been intercepted by the Saudi military.

They say their missile attacks on the kingdom are in retaliation for air raids on Yemen by the Western-backed coalition.

Fragments from a missile launched at the Jizan Industrial City in southern Saudi Arabia late on Wednesday killed one Yemeni civilian and wounded 11, Saudi state media said earlier on Thursday.

"The coalition will take all necessary measures against the terrorist, criminal acts of the Huthi militia, such as recruiting child soldiers, throwing them in battlefields and using them as tools", coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki said, referring to Thursday's attack. This action is in conformity with the humanitarian law, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted Col.

The Houthis seized the capital, Sanaa, in 2014 and overthrew the internationally recognised government led by President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi during a transition of power from former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

So far, almost 10,000 people have died in the war in Yemen, which has unleashed what the United Nations describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Houthi media aired gruesome footage appearing to show the bodies of children in school uniform. Some shell-shocked boys are seen coming to, their faces bloodied and limbs charred.

The Saudi-led Coalition, which has been conducting a military campaign to oust the Houthi rebels, didn't immediately respond to CNN questions.

According to Al Jazeera, the Saudi coalition claimed it had targeted "missile launchers", but Yemen-based reporters who have witnessed numerous attacks in civilian-populated areas vigorously disputed the claim. The coalition denied that it had carried out air strikes in the area, and blamed the deaths on rebel mortar fire.

"Does the world really need more innocent children's lives to stop the cruel war on children in Yemen?"

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