Dozens dead, wounded in attack on Yemen bus carrying children

Image      An ICRC-supported hospital received many dead and wounded Red Cross says

The International Committee of the Red Cross said it was sending supplies to ICRC-supported hospitals to support an influx of casualties.

A health department spokesperson said the death toll stood at 43, with 61 wounded.

"Shrapnel from the intercepted missile scattered over residential areas, leaving a Yemeni resident killed and 11 other civilians wounded", the coalition said.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their allies intervened in the conflict the following March, aiming to push back the Houthis and restore the internationally recognised government to power.

Yemeni tribal elders told the Associated Press that the bus was hit as it passed through the Dahyan market and that it was transporting local civilians, including many school children.

What has been the reaction?

Saudi Arabia's air defense forces intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile launched towards the Kingdom's southwestern Jizan region by Yemen's armed Houthi militias, on Wednesday.


He accused the rebels of using children as "tools and covers for their terrorist acts".

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.

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

The bus came under attack at a market in the Sa'ada town of Zahyn on Thursday, Yemen's al-Masirah television network reported.

Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam said the coalition showed "clear disregard for civilian life" as the attack had targeted a crowded public place in the city.

Yemen has been devastated by a conflict that escalated in early 2015, when the Houthis seized control of much of the west of the country and forced President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to flee overseas.

Elsewhere, Saudi fighter jets pounded Zabid District in Yemen's western province of Hudaydah, killing two civilians and injuring one child.

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