Thousands mourn Yemeni children killed by coalition air strike

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A U.S. military spokeswoman said United States forces were not involved in Thursday's air strike. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

Dozens of Yemeni children gathered on Sunday in the capital Sanaa to protest against airstrikes by the Saudi-led worldwide coalition, which is believed to be behind the recent bombing of three buses that killed at least 51 people, mostly children.

A senior general urged Saudi officials to conduct a thorough investigation into an airstrike that killed at least 40 children in Yemen, the Pentagon said Monday, an indication of US concern about allied nations' air operations against Houthi militants. The MK-82 made headlines in 2016 when the Saudi-led coalition bombed a community hall in Sanaa during a funeral for Sheikh Ali al-Rawishan, killing more than 140 people and wounding 525 others.

MK-82 bombs, along with other "general purpose" MK series bombs, have been sold to the Saudi-led coalition by the US through a series of contracts made in 2016 and 2017.

The coalition announced afterwards that it had ordered an investigation into the strike, which it initially said had targeted Huthi rebel combatants.

On Sunday, Mattis told reporters that the U.S.is "not engaged in the civil war", emphasizing that the USA military does not do any dynamic targeting for the coalition. Overall, the US has sold billions of dollars worth of bombs to the Saudis since the war in Yemen began in 2015, most recently approving over $110 billion in weapon sales to Saudi Arabia in May of previous year. Army Maj. Josh Jacques - a spokesman for U.S. Central Command - told Vox that "We may never know if the munition [used] was one that the U.S. sold to them", asserting as his reason the fact that the U.S. military doesn't "have a lot of people on the ground".


Mattis, speaking during a trip to South America, downplayed the USA role in the Yemen conflict.

A child holds a fragment of the USA -made MK-82 bomb used in last Thursday's massacre of Yemeni schoolchildren.

The Saudi-led coalition called the strike a "legitimate military action" aimed at forces responsible for a recent missile attack on Saudi Arabia but authorized an investigation.

The U.S. backs the Saudi-led coalition by supplying bombs, intelligence, and fuel for Saudi planes.

Huge crowds have gathered in Sa'ada to bury dozens of children recently slain during a Saudi airstrike on a school bus in northwestern Yemen.

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