Dozens dead in Yemen after school bus carrying children hit by airstrike

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The Saudi-led coalition called the airstrike a "legitimate military operation", and a retaliation to a Houthi ballistic missile that targeted the kingdom's Jizan province on Wednesday night, according to Saudi Arabia's official news agency. "Does the world really need more innocent children's lives to stop the cruel war on children in Yemen?".

According to Yemeni elders, the attack took place in the Dahyan market in Saada province, a Houthi stronghold.

The airstrike hit a bus that was ferrying civilians, including many school children, the elders said, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

"The interception resulted in projection of fragments throughout some residential areas, which caused the martyrdom of a Yemeni resident, and injuries among 11 civilians", the Saudi-led coalition battling the Houthis in Yemen's civil war said in a statement reported by SPA on Thursday.

Last week, the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes struck the gate of al-Thawra hospital and adjacent fish market in Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, killing 52 civilians and wounding 102 others.

The coalition said the projectile, fired toward the southwestern Saudi city of Jizan, was intercepted and destroyed.

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

Smoke rises after an airstrike in Sanaa Yemen
Smoke rises after an airstrike in Sanaa Yemen

The coalition intervened in the conflict back in 2015 in an attempt to restore the internationally recognised government to power after it was driven out by rebels in the capital. The rebels control much of northern Yemen, including the capital, Sanaa.

"Scores killed, even more injured, most under the age of ten", the head of the ICRC in Yemen, Johannes Bruwer, said on his Twitter account, adding that the ICRC in Yemen is "sending additional supplies to hospitals to cope with the influx". It wasn't immediately clear how numerous casualties were on the bus and how many were pedestrians in the immediate area around it. That assistance has come under sharp criticism from Congress and the global community as civilian deaths have continued to multiply, even as the coalition promises not to target civilians.

The war in the impoverished country has since left almost 10,000 people dead and unleashed what the United Nations describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

A Yemeni man holds a boy who was injured by an airstrike in Saada, Yemen Aug. 9, 2018.

But the coalition denied carrying out any attacks in the city, saying it follows a 'strict and transparent approach based on the rules global law'.

The Houthis have launched a series of missile strikes on the kingdom, including Riyadh, over the past year. We urge all parties to agree to an immediate cessation of hostilities, return to the negotiation table to commit to a ceasefire and cooperate with the UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths. He recently announced plans to invite Yemen's warring parties to Geneva on September 6 to hold the first round of consultations.

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