Saudi jets at­tack buses in Ye­men’s Hodeida, kill civil­ians

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At least 15 Ye­me­nis have been killed in a Saudi airstrike in Hodeida that has be­come a flash­point of a war be­ing waged by Riyadh and its al­lies against the Arab world’s poor­est na­tion.

The fa­tal­i­ties oc­curred when Saudi planes tar­geted two buses that were car­ry­ing civil­ians flee­ing Hodeida on Satur­day, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by Ye­men’s Al-masirah tele­vi­sion net­work, Press TV re­ported.

The at­tack also in­jured an un­spec­i­fied num­ber of oth­ers, with the num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties most likely to rise, Al­masirah re­ported.

A UN hu­man rights body on Thurs­day called on Saudi Ara­bia to end airstrikes in Ye­men and start en­sur­ing the per­pe­tra­tors of at­tacks on chil­dren are brought to jus­tice.

The call by the UN com­mit­tee on the rights of the child will add fur­ther pres­sure on the Saudis to re­think the four-year war in Ye­men, The Guardian wrote.

The lat­est UN re­port from a 15-strong panel in Geneva found that since March 2015 at least 1,248 chil­dren have been killed and the same num­ber in­jured, amount­ing to about 20% of the to­tal deaths and in­jury since the war be­gan.

The re­port con­demns “the dra­matic con­se­quences for civil­ians, and par­tic­u­larly for chil­dren who are be­ing killed, maimed, or­phaned, and trau­ma­tized, of mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions, ag­gra­vated by an aerial and naval block­ade that has ren­dered many mil­lions of peo­ple, in­clud­ing a high pro­por­tion of chil­dren, food inse­cure”.

In Au­gust, a Saudi air raid hit a school bus as it drove through a mar­ket in the town of Dhahyan in Sa’ada Province in north­west­ern Ye­men, killing a to­tal of 51 peo­ple, among them 40 chil­dren, and in­jur­ing 79 oth­ers, mostly chil­dren.

The Red Cross says 40 chil­dren were among the 51 peo­ple re­cently killed dur­ing a Saudi strike on a school bus in north­west­ern Ye­men.

The of­fen­sive on Hodeida launched on June 12 by a coali­tion led by Saudi Ara­bia and the United Arab Emi­rates is the largest bat­tle yet in the war that has killed more than 10,000 peo­ple.

How­ever, Ye­men’s Health Min­istry says around 15,000 peo­ple have died since the war be­gan.

The coali­tion ig­nored re­peated warn­ings that the heav­ily de­fended Red Sea port un­der at­tack will trig­ger a food and hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis in an im­pov­er­ished Ye­men.

Saudi Ara­bia be­gan its in­va­sion in March 2015 to re­store power to Ye­men’s former Riyadh-al­lied of­fi­cials. The in­va­sion has pushed the coun­try close to the brink of famine.

Press TV’S Ye­men correspondent Mo­hamad al-at­tab re­ported on Fri­day that the raids on Hodeida have in­ten­si­fied in re­cent weeks, prompt­ing thou­sands of fam­i­lies to seek refuge else­where in the coun­try.

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