An attack targeting a bus carrying children in Sa'dah. The coalition speaks of a legitimate military target

An attack targeting a bus carrying children in Sa'dah. The coalition speaks of a legitimate military target

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Thursday that an attack on a bus carrying children in  Dhahian market the northern province of Sa'ada, the stronghold of al-Houthi (far northern Yemen), left dozens of people dead and wounded.

The ICRC office in Yemen, in a tweet on its official Twitter website, said that a Red Cross hospital in the region had received dozens of dead and wounded, without producing a specific toll.

It called for the protection of civilians during the conflict under the humanitarian and international law.

In the context, the Ministry of Health of the al-Houthi government (not recognized) said that Saudi Arabian coalition fighter jets targeted the bus amid a crowded market, killing 43 civilians, most of them children, and injuring more than 60 others.

Al-Houthi's "Almasirah" channel aired appalling scenes of children torn in the attack.

On the one hand, the spokesman for the Arab coalition forces, Col. Turki al-Maliki, stated that "Today's targeting in Sa'ada Governorate was a legitimate military action to target the elements who planned and carried out the targeting of civilians last night in Jizan city and killed and wounded civilians."

"Targeting has been carried out in conformity with international humanitarian law and its customary rules," he said in a statement published by the Saudi Press Agency.

He added that the coalition would "take all measures against the criminal and terrorist acts of Iran's al-Houthi terrorist militia, such as the recruitment of children and their involvement in the battlefield and their use as tools and cover for their terrorist acts."

The statement said."The leaders and terrorist elements responsible for launching ballistic missiles and targeting civilians will be counted in the coalition's efforts to prevent terrorist elements from harming regional and international security," .

On Wednesday, the Arab Coalition intercepted a ballistic missile in Jizan, which resulted in shrapnel from the killing of a Yemeni resident and injuring 11 others, according to a previous statement by the Maliki.


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