Saudi coalition vows probe into airstrike that killed 29 kids

Saudi coalition vows probe into airstrike that killed 29 kids

Senior Houthi leader Mohammed Ali al-Houthi said on Twitter that the rebels were willing to cooperate in an investigation of the airstrike on Thursday in their stronghold of Sa'ada province that hit the bus carrying civilians - many of them school children - in a busy market in Dahyan. That raised the toll of children killed in the raid from 29.

The United States and other Western powers provide arms and intelligence to the alliance, and human rights groups have criticized them over coalition air strikes that have killed hundreds of civilians at hospitals, schools and markets.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres condemned the airstrike by the USA -backed, Saudi-led coalition and called for an "independent and prompt investigation" into the attack in a statement on Thursday.

People in Saada started to dig graves in preparation for funerals to be held on Saturday.

"What is essential at this moment in time is to have a credible and independent investigation".

A Reuters TV crew saw boys injured in the strike lying on beds in the Dahyan hospital, many with their heads wrapped.

The Arab states carried out new air strikes on Friday, killing a girl and injuring several other people whose home was targeted in Marib province, east of the capital Sanaa, the Houthis' al-Masirah TV said.

A Yemeni man holds a boy who was injured by an airstrike in Saada, Yemen August 9, 2018.

He reiterated the commitment of the Coalition to conduct investigations into all incidents involving allegations of wrongdoing, violations of worldwide law, accountability of the perpetrators and the provision of necessary assistance to the victims, and its keenness to make every effort to preserve the safety of civilians.

Since then, more than 10,000 people have been killed, and the coalition has been blamed by the United Nations for most of the civilian deaths.

"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 on Twitter. The paramedics present at sites reportedly said that they had found and treated 40 people with broken bones, cuts and bruises.

The Western-backed alliance fighting the Iranian-aligned Houthi group in Yemen said in a statement that the air strikes targeted missile launchers used to attack the southern Saudi city of Jizan on Wednesday, killing a Yemeni civilian there.

Coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki told AFP that claims by aid organisations that children were inside the bus were "misleading", and that "the elements inside the bus were Huthi combatants".

The Houthis on Friday hailed a call by UN Secretary-General António Guterres's for an "independent and prompt investigation" into the air strike.

In Paris, the French foreign ministry said France condemned the strike and backed a United Nations call to bring all parties in the war together for talks in Geneva on 6 September. The statement accused the Houthis of using children as human shields.

Elobaid Elobaid, a Canadian citizen, had been based in Yemen since October 2016, leading 17 staff in Sanaa and 13 monitors in 11 of Yemen's governorates.

The U.N. human rights office has frequently accused all sides of violating global law and committing war crimes.

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