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

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

In a statement released through the state-run Saudi Press Agency, Riyadh called the airstrike a "legitimate military action" conducted in accordance with global law.

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

The bus was travelling through Dahyan market in Saada province at the time.

"Our shops were open and shoppers were walking around as usual". "We realised that the air strike targeted the children's bus, and people in the market were killed because they were beside the bus".

The International Committee for the Red Cross said a hospital it supports in Saada had received 29 bodies of "mainly children" younger than 15, and 40 injured, including 30 children.

The school bus was hit as it was driving through a market in the rebel-held province of Saada, according to the Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV.

That was the toll at just one hospital.

A Yemeni boy lies on at stretcher after being injured by an airstrike in Saada on Thursday.

"The secretary general condemns the airstrike today by the coalition forces in Sa'ada, which hit a busy market area in Majz district and impacted a bus carrying children from a summer camp", Farhan Haq, the United Nations chief's deputy spokesman, said in a statement on Thursday.

White plastic body bags filled the floor of a room in the ICRC-supported hospital.

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A Reuters photographer saw bloodied and bandaged children being treated by doctors.

"Scores killed, even more injured, most under the age of 10", Johannes Bruwer, head of the delegation for the ICRC in Yemen, said earlier in a Twitter post. "Why are children being killed?" tweeted UNICEF's resident representative in Yemen, Meritxell Relano.

There was no immediate comment from the coalition, which is led by Saudi Arabia and which is fighting to restore Yemen's internationally recognized government to power.

The U.S. said it was not involved in Thursday's assault.

Most of the children were inside the bus when the airstrike hit, according to a local medic, Yahya al-Hadi.

There was a horrifying attack Thursday in Yemen - a Middle Eastern country torn apart by a 3-year-old civil war. He said this made the attack a "legitimate military action in accordance with worldwide humanitarian law".

Col al Maliki said that the coalition targeted the Houthi militia members who were inside the bus and said that they were the planners and operators of the missiles launch pads.

Wednesday's attack brings the tally to 165 rebel missiles launched since 2015, according to the coalition, which that year intervened in the Yemeni government's fight against Houthi rebels.

Asked if the White House and the State Department were offering differing views, the spokesperson said: "We have the same position".

The previous evening, Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels, but shrapnel killed a Yemeni man and wounded 11 others in the southern Saudi city of Jazan.

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