Yemenis hold funeral for children killed in Saudi airstrike

An injured survivor of Thursday’s airstrike on a bus carrying children in northern Yemen

An injured survivor of Thursday’s airstrike on a bus carrying children in northern Yemen

Dozens of Yemeni children gathered on Sunday in the capital Sanaa to protest against airstrikes by the Saudi-led global coalition, which is believed to be behind the recent bombing of three buses that killed at least 51 people, mostly children.

The mass funeral was held in Saada city, a stronghold of the Iran-backed Huthi rebels, with images broadcast by the rebels' Al-Masirah television.

The Houthis' health ministry said that 51 people were killed in the raids including 40 children.

Last Thursday's horrific bombing of a bus full of school children in northern Yemen was carried out using a weapon sold to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition by the United States, photo evidence of the bomb site has revealed. The US State Department urged the alliance to "conduct a thorough and transparent investigation".

In his letter to the Security Council, the head of the Saudi mission briefed the Security Council on the coalition's statement on legitimate military objectives and the statement issued by the joint investigation to assess the incident.

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This is just the latest horrific attack on civilians by the Saudi-led coalition, which has received explicit military and political backing from the United States. "Central Command was not involved in the airstrike in Saada".

"This hostile act, carried out by the terrorist Iranian Houthi militia, proves that the Iranian regime is still providing them with advanced capabilities, in flagrant defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions 2216 and 2231, with the main objective of threatening Saudi, regional and global security", Maliki stated.

As Philly.com's Will Bunch noted in a column on Sunday, the Saudi-led coalition's school bus bombing forced the corporate media-which has nearly completely ignoredthe humanitarian crisis in Yemen-"to pay at least a little bit of attention".

Griffiths said discussions on a new government should also include representatives from the General People's Congress, once headed by slain former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, and the southern separatist movement, a powerful force that has provided numerous coalition-backed fighters against the Houthis.

"We will help to prevent the killing of innocent people, we're very concerned about the humanitarian situation", Mattis said, adding, "Wars are always tragic, but we've got to find a way to protect innocent in the midst of this one". The International Committee of the Red Cross reported the same toll on Friday, citing authorities in Saada. Some of the children carried blue UNICEF backpacks, spotted with blood.

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