Washington demands probe into Yemen bus strike

Washington demands probe into Yemen bus strike

As many as 35 were also wounded in the attack, which took place in the Dahyan market in Saada province, a stronghold of the rebels known as Houthis, the elders said.

Footage from the Houthi media office showed a boy wearing a blue backpack with a UNICEF logo being carried into a hospital emergency room with blood pouring down his face and over his traditional Yemeni thawb, an ankle-length garment.

The United States called on the Saudi-led coalition to launch an investigation into the events that unfolded in Yemen on Thursday.

Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels on Wednesday, but shrapnel killed a Yemeni man and wounded 11 others in the southern Saudi city of Jazan, the Arab Coalition said.

An airstrike in the north reportedly killed at least 50, more than half of them children.

"The victims were the children in the bus, passersby and merchants in the market, and some injuries are serious, so the number of deaths may increase".

"US military support to our partners mitigates noncombatant casualties", said Pentagon spokeswoman Rebecca Rebarich, according to the statement.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said "civilians continue to pay the highest price after three years of war in Yemen, thousands of them have been killed, injured or maimed".

Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV reported that 47 people were killed and 77 wounded, and broadcast graphic pictures showing the bodies of several young children, some of them wearing school uniform.

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It accused the Houthis of using children as human shields.

He added that this operation was "implemented in accordance with global humanitarian law and customary rules".

"The targeting that happened today in Saada province was legal military action to target elements that planned and executed the targeting of civilians in the city of Jizan last night, killing and wounding civilians", the Saudi Press Agency cited al-Maliki as saying.

The Iran-backed Shiite militia has controlled Yemen's northwest, including Saada, since ousting the country's internationally recognized government from the capital, Sanaa, in 2014.

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

It's not the first time the coalition has hit a residential area this month.

The coalition denied responsibility for those attacks. Just one week ago, an air raid in Hodeidah seaport claimed the lives of 55 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.

"It's hard to believe we live in a world where children should live in fear of such attacks, yet here we are", she added.

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