At least 43 people including 29 children were killed in an air strike on a school bus carried out by Saudi Arabia-led coalition force in war-torn Yemen. In this incident, 48 people including 30 children were also injured. According to International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), this attack was carried out in the Houthi-controlled province of Saada.
ICRC also reported that the vehicle came under attack as it was passing through the crowded Dahiyan market in Saada province on Thursday. The bus carried the locals with many school children.
Red Cross reported that the bodies of 29 children were taken to the provincial hospital, all under 15 years old. Besides, more than 48 injured were taken to the hospital. Of them, 30 are children.
It is not immediately known whether the bus was aimed at the attack.
But Saudi coalition spokesman Colonel Turki Al-Maliki said the attack was legally executed according to international law. He also accused Houthi rebels of using children as human shields.
Meanwhile, Houthi Movement spokesman Mohammad Abdul-Salam said that coalition forces did not think about the safety of the civilians. That is why they attacked a busy crowded area of the city.
Under the international law, the civilians must be protected in any battlefield, Red Cross said. Save the Children referred this incident as `horrible` and urged the full and impartial investigation of the incident immediately.