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School Bus Hit in Airstrike, at Least 30 Children Dead

2018-08-09 20:15
Airstrikes hit a bus in the Houthi-held city of Dahyan, north Saada, Yemen, on August 9, killing and injuring dozens, many of them schoolchildren, according to Houthi-affiliated media and rthe International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Yemen. An ICRC-supported hospital received dozens of dead and wounded people, authorities there reported. A pro-Houthi media outlet said 39 people were killed and 51 were injured, mostly children, though Storyful could not independently verify those numbers. The bus was carrying students and teachers for a summer course in the city of Dahyan, the Houthi-affiliated Ansar Allah media organisation reported. This footage was released by Houthi-affiliated media and includes graphic scenes of the aftermath of the strikes in Dahyan city in Saada province. Houthi media blamed the Saudi-led coalition for the strikes. The Saudi-led coalition released a statement on the same day saying: “The targeting that took place in the province of Saada today was a legitimate military action to target elements that planned and carried out attacks on civilians yesterday night in the city of Jazan that killed and wounded civilians. It was implemented in accordance with international humanitarian law and customary rules.”