Dozens killed, including children on a bus, in Yemen air strikes

Dozens killed, including children on a bus, in Yemen air strikes

The International Committee of the Red Cross said it was sending supplies to ICRC-supported hospitals to support an influx of casualties.

Yemen's rebel-run Al Masirah TV aired dramatic images of wounded children, their clothes and schoolbags covered with blood as they lay on hospital stretchers. The bus was ferrying local civilians, including many school children, they said, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

The move comes as part of a larger sweep to disarm the east of Yemen and clear the area of Al Qaeda and ISIS.

The Yemeni Health Ministry said at least 50 civilians, mostly children, lost their lives and around 77 others were wounded in the attack, which Qassemi described as a "war crime".

Saudi Arabia and Arab allies have been fighting in Yemen for more than three years against the Iran-backed Houthis, who control much of northern Yemen including the capital Sanaa and drove a Saudi-backed government into exile in 2014.

Last week, the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes struck the gate of al-Thawra hospital and adjacent fish market in Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, killing 52 civilians and wounding 102 others.

The ballistic missile was sacked from the northern Yemeni province of Amran towards the southern Saudi city of Jizan, said a coalition statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency.

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"The interception resulted in projection of fragments throughout some residential areas, which caused the martyrdom of a Yemeni resident, and injuries among 11 civilians", the Saudi-led coalition battling the Houthis in Yemen's civil war said in a statement reported by SPA on Thursday.

"This is yet another example of the blatant violations of worldwide humanitarian law that we have seen in Yemen over the past three years-from indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks on civilians, denial of access to humanitarian aid and the use of starvation as a weapon of war-it's the people of Yemen, not the warring parties, who are paying the ultimate price". It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties in those strikes. The coalition faces widespread worldwide criticism for its airstrikes in Yemen that kill civilians.

It has launched thousands of air strikes in a campaign to restore the internationally recognised government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

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The coalition denied responsibility for those attacks.

The war in Yemen has killed nearly 10,000 people in three years, and is what the United Nations has labelled as the world's worst humanitarian crisis. We urge all parties to agree to an immediate cessation of hostilities, return to the negotiation table to commit to a ceasefire and cooperate with the U.N. Special Envoy Martin Griffiths.

The Iran-aligned Houthis regularly fire into Saudi Arabia and have targeted its capital, Riyadh, with ballistic missiles. He recently announced plans to invite Yemen's warring parties to Geneva on September 6 to hold the first round of consultations.

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