Dozens of civilians killed in school bus attack

9 August 2018, 11:56:00

The Saudi-UAE military alliance at war with Yemen's Houthi rebels has been blamed for an air attack on a school bus that killed dozens of people, including at least 29 children.

The vehicle came under attack as it was driving near a crowded market in the Houthi-controlled province of Saada, which borders Saudi Arabia, said the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

‘A hospital supported by our team in Yemen received the bodies of 29 children under the age of 15 and 48 wounded, including 30 children,’ the ICRC said in a post on Twitter.

Johannes Bruwer, the head of an ICRC delegation in Yemen, said in a Twitter post: ‘Scores killed, even more injured, most under the age of 10’. 

Earlier, Ghani Nayeb, the head of a health department in Saada, told Reuters news agency the overall death toll stood at 43 with 61 wounded.

According to multiple sources, the attack took place early on Thursday outside a busy market in Dahyan city.

Al Masirah, a pro-Houthi rebel TV network, said the bus, which was carrying a group of students attending summer classes learning the Holy Quran, was targeted.


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