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

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Dozens of children, many younger than 15, were killed in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike that hit a school bus in northern Yemen, according to the Houthi-controlled Health Ministry.

The Western-backed alliance fighting the Iranian-aligned Houthi group in Yemen said the airstrikes targeted missile launchers used to attack the southern Saudi industrial city of Jizan, killing a Yemeni civilian there, a statement carried by the state news agency SPA said. Turki Al-Maliki, the official spokesman of the Coalition as stating on Thursday.

A man carries a wounded child to the hospital Thursday after the Saudi-led coalition carried out an airstrike on a crowded area in Houthi-controlled Saada province.

"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".

A spokesman for the Red Cross in Sanaa told AFP the toll was not final as casualties from the attack were taken to several hospitals.

A week ago, at least 55 civilians were killed and 170 others wounded in a series of attacks on the rebel-held Red Sea port city of Hudaydah.

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"We call on the Saudi-led coalition to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the incident", she said.

Nauert added the USA takes credible accounts of civilian casualties "very seriously". "So for us, this is painful.this is just horrific", Hodeib said.

Geert Cappelaere, the UN Children's Fund regional director in the Middle East and North Africa, said all the children on the bus were "reportedly under the age of 15".

Qassemi further said the countries involved in acts of aggression against Yemeni people resort to such statements in an attempt to cover up their criminal acts and divert world public opinion from the realities on the ground in the war-ravaged country.

"We are unable to verify the details at this moment", Save the Children wrote on August 9.

Houthi media broadcast what appears to be graphic scenes of the aftermath, depicting children drenched in blood and burned black by the blast.

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The coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates intervened in Yemen's war in 2015 to unseat the Houthis and restore the internationally recognised government in exile.

The attack on Jazan was the second ballistic missile fired at Saudi Arabia by the Iran-backed rebels this week.

Earlier, Maliki accused the Houthis of "recruiting child soldiers, throwing them in battlefields and using them as tools".

Upon interception, Saudis say the missile exploded into fragments that killed one Yemeni civilian and injured 11 other people.

The coalition's spokesperson said the operation sought to target the militants responsible for a missile intercepted over Saudi civilian territory on Wednesday.

Abu Muzahem, a resident of Dahyan, was working building a house when the air strike hit the market on Thursday morning.

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

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