The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says 40 children were among 51 civilians recently killed during a Saudi airstrike on a school bus in northwestern Yemen.
In a new toll on Tuesday, the ICRC said that 56 children were also among the 79 people wounded in Thursday’s strike on Sa’ada Province, one of the deadliest attacks on civilians in the three-year-old Saudi-led war.
The children were returning from a trip organized by a religious seminary when the bus came under attack. Images later circulated online, showing pieces of a US-made bomb on the scene
Over the past days, Yemeni cities have been the scene of protests against the new Saudi crime.
Thousands of mourners attended a funeral procession for many of the dead children in Sa’ada’s provincial capital of the same name on Monday, venting their anger against Riyadh and Washington.
Huge crowds have gathered in Sa’ada to bury dozens of children recently slain during a Saudi airstrike on a school bus in the northwestern Yemeni province.
The crowd held pictures of the children and chanted slogans against Saudi Arabia and its ally and key arms supplier, the United States.
The Supreme Revolutionary Committee of Yemen has held the US — the main weapons supplier to the Riyadh regime — responsible for the carnage.
The UNICEF, the United Nation’s children fund, called the carnage the single biggest attack.
The Saudi-led coalition however described the attack as “legitimate,” with coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki even claiming that the strikes “conformed to international and humanitarian laws.”
Geert Cappelaere, the regional director in the Middle East and North Africa at UNICEF, has said there is “no excuse” for the continued complacency towards the war on Yemen.
The United Nations Security Council has called for a “credible and transparent” investigation into the airstrike.
The Al Saud regime along with some of its allies, particularly the UAE, has been waging a deadly war against impoverished Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and crush the popular Ansarullah movement.