Yemen buries children killed by air strike, Riyadh insists raid legitimate

15 August, 2018, 10:56 | Author: Wade Massey
  • ATTENTION EDITORS- VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH Boys and girls demonstrate outside the offices of the United Nations in Sanaa Yemen to denounce last weeks air strike that killed dozens including children in the northwestern province of S

According to CNN-which obtained and published the footage on Monday-most of the children on the bus were killed by the Saudi airstrike less than an hour after the video was captured.

People carried pictures of those killed as armed Houthi fighters managed the crowd attending the funeral.

Yemen's Houthi rebels have backed the United Nations' call for an independent investigation into a Saudi-attack on a bus full of school children on Thursday.

As funeral ceremonies for the 51 Yemenis-including 40 young children-massacred by the latest US -backed Saudi bombing took place in the war-torn district of Saada on Monday, cellphone footage captured by one of the murdered children just moments before the coalition's airstrike hit shows the dozens of kids excitedly gathered on a bus for a long-awaited field trip celebrating their graduation from summer school.

The Gulf Arab states are leading the alliance of Sunni Muslim countries that intervened in Yemen's war in 2015 to try to restore the internationally recognised government that was expelled from the capital Sanaa by the Houthis in 2014.

According to Saudi Arabia's state-run Al-Ekhbariya television channel, it was the fourth Houthi missile to be intercepted within the last three days.

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Saudi-led Arab coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said that the missile was sacked from Yemen's Amran region on Saturday evening and detected by the air defenses. The MK-82 made headlines in 2016 when the Saudi-led coalition bombed a community hall in Sanaa during a funeral for Sheikh Ali al-Rawishan, killing more than 140 people and wounding 525 others.

The Houthis' health minister Taha Mutawakil said last week that the estimated number of casualties stood at 51 killed including 40 children, and at least 79 people wounded, of which 56 were children.

Al-Masirah did not say how many victims were buried on Monday. The report also said that the USA had approved the sale of MK-82 to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, France, and Iraq in 2016.

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.

Anwar Gargash, the UAE's minister of state for foreign affairs, bemoaned the "ugly" side of war and played up the coalition's own probe into the strike.

The UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, has invited the warring sides to talks on September 6 in Geneva.

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