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Saudi Airstrike on Yemen School Bus Kills at Least 50, Mostly Children

Young boy given medical help after an airstrike by Saudi Arabia hit his bus, screenshot via YouTube
Young boy given medical help after an airstrike by Saudi Arabia hit his bus, screenshot via YouTube

(AntiWar) Saudi warplanes attacked a school bus in northern Yemen on Thursday, hitting the bus just as it was passing through a crowded marketplace. At least 50 civilians were killed in the attack, mostly schoolchildren, and 77 others were wounded.

Exact splits between children and people who were shopping at the market is not yet clear. The Red Cross, however, confirmed that “scores” of children were killed, saying that most of the victims were under the age of 10.

Reporters at the scene said it was unclear why the bus was targeted, noting that there are no military installations anywhere near the market. They added that this remote area of Saada Province has few hospitals, and the Saudi naval blockade has left them with no medicine, so the death toll is almost certain to rise.

UNICEF issued a statement condemning the attack, saying there could be “no excuses anymore,” and that the world shouldn’t need yet “more innocent children’s lives to stop the cruel war on children in Yemen.”

Saudi Arabian spokesman Col. Turki al-Malki was defiant about the attack on the busload of children, saying it was retaliation for a missile strike from the rebel Houthis. He said this made the attack a “legitimate military action in accordance with international humanitarian law.”

The Saudis are no strangers to killing scores of Yemeni children in airstrikes with no apparent military goal, and expressing comfort in that fact. At the same time, growing international outcry, as well as fury among Yemenis about the Saudis’ actions are soaring already. The fact that this was a high profile attack scattering the bodies of children across a crowded market is only going to make things worse.

The US sells bombs and warplanes to Saudi Arabia, and refuels planes like the ones that attacked the bus. Those wishing to protest this should call the State Dept. (202) 647-6575, press 8 for comment line. Say: I want the State Dept to condemn the Saudis for bombing Yemeni children and I want the US to stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia.

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10 Comments

  1. Charles Freedom August 9, 2018

    Lord please look out for those innocent people caught up in the middle. ?????

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  2. Donna Rae Mathre August 9, 2018

    Now trump is KILLING KIDS ON THEIR WAY TO SCHOOL ?” WHAT WILL THIS LUNITIC DO NEXT ?? GOD HELP US ALL !!

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  3. Ginny Celano August 9, 2018

    Religion of peace????

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  4. Rogelio Sotelo August 9, 2018

    Bastardos mother fucker baby killer what a shame killing children for the Jews .frist the American bow down to the Jews and now the dame Saudis . All for a fucking dollar .and for a big fat Jewish cuck.

    Reply
  5. Fred Nightwalker August 9, 2018

    Hump bro man.

    Reply
  6. Deborah Willis August 9, 2018

    ?????? Praying for the families

    Reply
  7. Frank Renew August 9, 2018

    Disgusting.

    Reply
  8. Ed Eichner August 9, 2018

    This man trump is a heartless bastard

    Reply
  9. Angie S. Makinen August 9, 2018

    Didn’t Trump just sell Saudi Arabia weapons??

    Reply
  10. Paul Bailey August 15, 2018

    And the U.S. is fully complicit.

    Reply

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